It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
(St. Lawrence County)
2010/11 Enrollment 316 317
2010/11 Budget $6,886,747 $9,225,000
2011/12 State Aid Cut $566,415 $493,663
*Combined Wealth Ratio 0.62* 1.29*
**Free/Reduced Lunch Rate 49%** 50%**
State Aid Cut % of Budget 8.2% 5.4%
State Aid Cuts Per Student $1,792 $1,557
"This state government is going to take a 10 percent reduction. Ten percent reduction, and we're asking the schools to take a 2.7 percent cut," said Cuomo. "'Well they're gonna hurt the children.' Manage the school system, reduce the waste, the fraud, the abuse. 'Well, we don't have any.' I don't believe it."
I am a Democrat, so I'm not bashing a member of a political rival - but I have to say:
Governor Cuomo - I wish we only received a 2.7% reduction in our budget at Green Island instead of an 8.2% cut! In fact, the $556,415 reduction in state aid only represents an 8.2% decrease in our total budget. When you compare how much state aid we received this year against how much state aid we are scheduled to receive next year it's nearly a 20% reduction in overall state aid. Where is the waste, the fraud, and the abuse in our budget when our budget is $2,338,253 LESS than a comparable district that has only one more child in their district? Are our children and their future, their hopes, and their dreams worth any less than those in other districts? Where is the equality in that comparison? More importantly, where is the equity?
* = The Combined Wealth Ratio (CWR) is a measure of relative wealth, indexing each district against the statewide average on a combination of two factors, property wealth per pupil (per assessed value of properties in the district) and income wealth per pupil (as measured by the collective incomes of residents in the district). The average rating in the state is 1.0. This means that Green Island's wealth ratio is well below the state average and just under half of what the wealth ratio is in Colton-Pierrepont.
** = Free and Reduced lunch rate, provided by the Nutrition Consortium of New York State.
Free Lunch Qualifications
1 $1,174 $14,079
2 1,579 18,941
3 1,984 23,803
4 2,389 28,665
5 2,794 33,527
6 3,200 38,389
Family Size Monthly Yearly
1 $1,670 $20,036
2 2,247 26,955
3 2,823 33,874
4 3,400 40,793
5 3,976 47,712
6 4,553 54,631
Household member + 577 +6,919