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April 10, 2014

CCS budget gap not fixed by state

Cooperstown Crier

---- — The state budget hasn’t helped Cooperstown as much as some schools. That was the message at the CCS Board of Education meeting on April 2. 

“It is fair to say some people are happier with Albany,” Board President David Borgstrom said. “We are not among them.”

Superintendent C.J. Hebert told the board that the new figures coming from Albany point toward CCS getting $130,700 rescued from the Gap Elimination Act, far less than other schools and much less than anyone wished.

“We did realize addition aid, but $130,700 does not meet our budget gap,” Hebert said. “Some places have done much better than that. Certainly we are grateful for the reduction.

“We’ll have to have discussion the next couple of weeks looking for ways to close the gap,” he continued.

The CCS BOE will meet again on April 23. The annual budget hearing is at 6:30 p.m. on May 14 and the vote will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 20.

In other CCS news, about 60 students and several chaperones were listening to European labor news as an airpline strike last weekend caused concerns about the school trip to Germany and Austria.

The Vereinigung Cockpit, a pilots’ union, went on a three-day strike from April 2 to 4, but went back to work last weekend and are not expected to take further action.

The CCS trip, led by history teacher Jennifer Pindar, is booked on Lufthansa, whose pilots make up the VC.

The school also gave back two days for unused snow days, April 11 and May 27. There are two more snow days in reserve and they would be taken June 26 and 27 if they are not used for bad weather.