The New York State Education Department announced preliminary district aid estimates for the 2013-14 school year Tuesday. The estimates included a nearly 3 percent drop in aid for the Syosset School District.
NYSED projected that Syosset's total aid including building and building reorganization incentives in 2013-14 would be $9,627,404, down from 2012-13's final total of $9,923,158. The change is a total decrease of $295,754, or 2.98 percent.
Syosset's state aid increased from 2011-12's $9,395,951 to 2012-13's $9,911,107, a 5.48 percent increase overall.
A total $20.81 billion budget was projected for the 2013-14 year statewide, an increase of about 3.02 percent.
Major decreases in Syosset's aid included a drop of $61,028 in BOCES special services and a $488,317 decrease in high tax aid. Increases included $97,106 in universal perks and $2,966 in hardware and technology.
These funds are the only ones that would come from the state level, and districts would still have to pass their own budgets.
For the full state aid breakdown of all New York State school districts, go to the department's website here. Syosset's numbers can be found on page 70.