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Gov.'s Budget Includes 2.7 Percent Hike in Aid to Pat-Med Schools

District would receive an additional $1.3 million in state aid under governor's proposal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state budget proposal includes a 2.7 percent increase in state aid to the Patchogue-Medford School District. 

Under Cuomo's budget, released Tuesday, the district would receive an additional $1.3 million in operating aid (for a total of $48.9 million) for the 2013/14 school year. Those figures do not include building aid. 

The 2.7 percent increase is less than the hike the district ended up receiving in the current year's budget (3.1 percent), but last year the governor's original proposal called for a 1 percent increase before it was later raised following negotiations with the legislature. 

Final figures will not be known for several weeks. No word yet from Pat-Med school officials on their take on the initial state aid figures, but it will likely be a topic of conversation at the board of education's January business meeting next Monday.

The board has already met for two budget workshops this month. The board has cut more than 60 positions over the past two years in order to stay in line with the state's tax cap. 

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