Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00
The Mineola School District will see more than $5.8 million in New York State aid after the State Legislature ratified its operating budget on April 1. The hike represents a 11.22 percent increase from last year. Senator Jack Martins released the figures in the wee hours of the budget approval.
“This investment of over $5.8 million in the Mineola School District will help the district educate children while easing the burden on local taxpayers,” said Senator Martins. “I am pleased the state budget delivers this important funding to Mineola’s students and taxpayers.”
Mineola originally saw a 5.62 million increase in preliminary state aid figures released in January. Mineola gained increases in building aid, but no increase high tax aid. The district received $290,733 in high tax aid last year.
District officials said the aid would be allocated toward facility upgrades, including but not limited to a new public address system at the Hampton Street School and a floor and seats at Mineola Middle School.
“When we first got the governor’s proposal, it was about $230,000 less,” Assistant Finance Superintendent Jack Waters said. “We really didn’t know how much more we would expect. We ended up with a little bit more.”
Mineola’s 2014-15 school budget is $87.5 million, a 1.65 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget, which was $86.1 million when it was certified last May. The 2014-15 budget also includes a 1.46 percent increase in the tax levy, the maximum allowed by the state. The levy sits at $79 million.