All St. Lawrence County schools will receive increased state aid
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 11:47 am

By JIMMY LAWTON

All St. Lawrence County schools will see an increase in state aid in 2013-14, according to proposed allocations in the state budget, but the amount each school will receive varies greatly between districts.

Total aid increases ranged from as low as .48 percent at Colton-Pierrepont to as high as 12.26 percent at Ogdensburg schools. These figures include the building aid as well as aid that can be used for other purposes.

Non-building aid increases ranged from as low as 2.45 percent at Ogdensburg schools to as high as 8.18 percent at Hammond Central School.

Overall, the budget includes an increase of $9.85 million in state aid for St. Lawrence County schools over the 2012-2013 budget. Non-building aid increased by $7.63 million.

In many cases the increase in non-building aid was higher than the total increase in aid due to a change in how the funds were allocated. This is a benefit for schools because some of these funds can reduce the tax burden or save jobs and programs.

All schools are set to receive more aid than Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had allocated in his executive budget.

According to the runs released Tuesday night:

• Ogdensburg School District will receive a total of $23.72 million in state aid, an increase of about $2.59 million, or 12.26 percent more in than the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $478,602, or 2.45 percent.

• Massena School District will receive at total of $26.92 million, an increase of about $1.8 million or 4.6 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $1.26 million, or 4.18 percent.

• Potsdam School District will receive total of $13.56 million, an increase of about $424,080, or 3.23 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $692,012, or 6.7 percent.

• Canton School District will receive a total of $14.58 million, an increase of $1.21 million, or 8.33 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $715,812, or 5.8 percent.

• Norwood-Norfolk School District will receive $13.22 million, an increase of $505,928 or 3.98 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $510,369, or 4.76 percent.

• Gouverneur School District will receive a total $23.14 million, an increase of $570,024, or 2.53 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $583,251, or 2.81 percent.

• Lisbon School District will receive a total of $7.2 million, an increase of $164,000, or 2.34 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $169,805, or 2.79 percent.

• Heuvelton School District will receive a total of $8.1 million, an increase of about $568,000, or 7.45 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $568,382, or 6.2 percent.

• Madrid-Waddington School District will receive a total of $8.5 million, an increase of $319,745, or 3.91 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $329,186, or 4.55 percent.

• Morristown School District will receive a total of $4.85 million, an increase of $186,816, or 4 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $186,817, or 4.46 percent.

• Parishville-Hopkinton School District will receive a total of $6.1 million, an increase of $359,104, or 6.35 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $353,945 or 7.16 percent.

• Edwards-Knox School District will receive a total of $9.81 million, an increase of $299,771, or 3.15 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $299,772 or 3.55 percent.

• Brasher Falls School District will receive a total of $13.76 million, an increase of $787,986, or 6.07 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $787,986 or 7.08 percent.

• Hammond School District will receive a total of $3.29 million, an increase of $219,284, or 7.14 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $227,276 or 8.18 percent.

• Hermon-DeKalb School District will receive a total of $6.2 million, an increase of $294,730 or 5.02 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $302,711 or 5.91 percent.

• Colton-Pierrepont will receive a total of $2.41 million, an increase of $11,505, or .48 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $71,806 or 3.94 percent.

• Clifton-Fine School District will receive a total of $4.78 million, an increase of $247,277, or 5.45 percent more than in the 2012-2013 school year. Non-building aid increased by $247,279 or 6.75 percent.