Oxford super expects “difficult conversations” this budget season

OXFORD – Oxford knows it isn’t the only New York district faced with tough decisions as a result of reductions in the state aid. But that is small consolation as the school system begins a budget season which promises to be even more excruciating than last year.

“We know there will be a large gap,” said Superintendent Randy Squier, referring to the $331,933 reduction in state aid the district could be hit with based on Governor David Paterson’s executive budget proposal. “It’s going to be a very difficult budget year.”

While those revenue numbers aren’t set in stone yet, they are a safe starting point for budget calculations because Squier doesn’t expect them to drop any further.

“The worst case scenario is that they go with his proposal,” he reported. And while there is still hope that some aid will be restored by the legislature, Squier isn’t exactly optimistic. Based on what he’s been hearing from Albany, “they are not going to be putting much back, if any,” he said.

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