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A.J. Smith

Cayuga County-area school officials are set to meet with state lawmakers to discuss concerns over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recently announced 2019-20 budget proposal.

According to a press release from the Central New York School Boards Association, school superintendents, board of education members, and other selected district leadership team members will meet with their state legislators and directors of the Statewide School Fiance Consortium based in Syracuse and the school boards association. 

Cuomo's proposal come with a $1 billion state aid boost, but the school boards association points out that figure is more than $1 billion less than what the Board of Regents recommended.

"Given the above-inflation costs increases in many areas, school leaders and education advocacy groups caution that the proposed funds will not be sufficient to maintain current programs and services," the news release said.

The meeting will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, 1879 West Genesee St., Aurelius, and feature a brief overview of the budget proposal followed by a facilitated discussion between state legislators and school leaders.

Anyone with questions should contact Central New York School Boards Association Director Charles Borgognoni at (315) 463-1904.

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