Three local schools receive bump in state aid, but not Oysterponds

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Oysterponds Superintendent Joan Frisicano presented her tentative budget just last week.

Three school districts serving Southold Town will receive more money in state aid this year than they would have from Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget, according to the revised school aid numbers in the state budget passed last week.

But one local school district, Oysterponds, will see the 4 percent increase Governor Cuomo proposed, slashed to a slight reduction over the current year’s state aid. The district will now receive just over $305,000 in 2012-13, a .12 percent drop from the current school year.

Southold schools is the only other North Fork school district facing a decrease in state aid. The district will receive a .93 percent drop in the approved spending plan, up from the 1.92 percent deficit in the proposed budget. Southold will receive about $1.5 million in state aid next year.

The Greenport School District will see its state aid increase 4.5 percent in 2012-13 to about $1.1 million up from the 3.48 percent proposed by the governor.

Mattituck-Cutchogue will receive just under $2.38 million in state aid next school year, a 3.21 percent bump. Governor Cuomo budgeted for a 2.3 percent increase in aid to the district.

The state budget includes a total of approximately $20.4 billion for school aid, including performance grants to reward academic improvement and school district efficiencies. This represents an increase of $805 million in total education spending.

Read more about the state aid numbers in Thursday’s paper.