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Cayuga County-area school officials, state legislators express frustration over school funding

Cayuga County-area school officials, education advocates and state representatives expressed their frustration at a legislative forum Saturday, saying they are continually plagued by school budget concerns year after year without substantial positive action from the state.

State Sen. Pam Helming, State Sen. Robert Antonacci, State Sen. Rachel May and State Assemblyman Brian Manktelow attended the event at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES building in Aurelius, in which legislators, school superintendents and others discussed the impact of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2019-2020 budget proposal.

Auburn Enlarged City School District Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo, Cato-Meridian School District Superintendent Terry Ward, Skaneateles Central School District Lynda Quick, Moravia Central School District Superintendent John Birmingham and BOCES District Superintendent Brian Hartwell were among the school officials in attendance.

Dr. Rick Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, gave a presentation on the budget proposal. He said that education isn't funded enough to be spread properly to each district and that a lot of the data used to determine aid are at least a decade old.

Timbs said these issues have lingered for years.

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