Canton school board president asking residents to phone key legislators today for more state aid
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 9:16 am

CANTON – The president of the Canton Central School Board of Education is calling on parents and community leaders not to let up on legislators and to call some key players today.

Barbra Beekman says that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget includes $203 million in state education funds designated for fiscal stabilization that have yet to be distributed.

She says that North Country education advocates are asking all concerned community members to call state Senate leaders John Flanagan (Education Committee) and John DeFrancisco (Finance Committee) today as a part of a North Country phone in.

She wants people to call and ask Senator Flanagan and Senator DeFrancisco “to ensure that this money is distributed in a way that is need-based, fair, and transparent.”

Phone numbers and sample scripts can be found at

The Canton district is among many North Country schools that are facing another round of severe cuts to personnel and programs in the face of mounting expenses that is not being met by state funding nor is a big tax increase seen as a practical solution.

“Add your voice to the call for responsible distribution of these funds and ensure North Country schools maintain their educational and fiscal viability,” Beekman said.

“Let’s make it a ‘Two Call Tuesday.’”