State Funding to Mohonasen Schools Not Enough to Cover $2 Million Deficit

While Gov. Cuomo and other top state officials are touting what they say is a record level of state aid to schools, there's no joy in Rotterdam.

The Mohonasen district is facing close to 20 staff cuts, including six elementary and three high school teachers.

The recently-passed state budget increased Mohonasen's foundation aid by just 1%.

Superintendent Shannon Shine tells WGY news it's a bitter pill to have to swallow.

Shine says the district will be able to keep an elementary orchestra instructor at Pinewood Elementary, but plans are to move forward with all of the other cuts.

Final public hearing on the school budget is set for next Monday, with the vote scheduled for May 21st.

While some of the 19 positions to be cut will be covered by retirements, as many as 10 people will be laid off to help cover a $2 million deficit.

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