“We take savings anywhere we can,” he said. Since the budget talks are preliminary, he said, he’s hopeful that legislators will understand the problem and help as they have in the past.
Unatego business manager Nicholas Rosas said: “I was a little disappointed,” with the flat foundation aid and continuation of the gap elimination adjustment, which totals almost $500,000 at this point. Overall, he said, the increase without building aid is $484,337, a 4.61-percent increase.
Most of that is in categorical aid, so that doesn’t necessarily mean more money for student programs. As in other districts, there were no specifics on funding pre-K, he said, and although it’s something the board would like to begin, he said until he sees more information he isn’t sure if it will be possible.