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Apr 2, 2013 11:36 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Aid For Schools In East Hampton Goes Up In State Budget

Apr 2, 2013 11:45 AM

State aid for schools in East Hampton Town will rise in 2013 as part of a $936.6 million statewide increase over the 2012-13 year. All told, the East Hampton, Springs, Montauk and Amagansett school districts together will receive $382,060 more than they did last year.

The Springs School District will see an increase of $171,542, or 15.77 percent, from $1,088,045 to $1,259,587, according to a press release from the office of State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.

Montauk’s state aid is slated to go up $73,199, or 9.97 percent, from $733,969 to $807,168.

In Amagansett, it will rise $28,477, or 9.31 percent, from $305,751 to $334,228.

East Hampton’s state aid will rise by $108,842, or 4.33 percent, from $2,513,174 to $2,622,016.

Traditionally, state aid accounts for a relatively small portion of school districts’ revenues in East Hampton Town. For example, the East Hampton School District’s 2012-13 budget was $62.8 million, of which about $2.5 million came from state aid rather than from property taxes or tuition paid by neighboring school districts.

The Wainscott School does not receive state budget aid because it is so small and because of its “common school district” status, according to Superintendent Stuart Rachlin.

According to a press release from State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo had originally proposed to reduce state tax aid by $50 million, $44 million of which would have been shouldered by Long Island schools. The State Legislature approved the budget, including restored aid to schools, last week, and the governor was scheduled to give it his signature on Monday.

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