Central NY school districts receive federal funding to bring students back to the classroom

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(WSYR-TV) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer has recently traveled the state giving New Yorker’s details on the recently-signed American Rescue Plan and how it impacts communities. One piece of the COVID relief bill will benefit schools, children, and students.

The plan includes $2.5 billion for Upstate New York’s school districts to fill budget gaps, address learning loss, meet the needs of students with disabilities, assist students experiencing homelessness, provide summer enrichment and after-school programs, and more.

Recently a nationwide push has been made to open schools for in-person learning but to do so safely, Schumer says, it’ll cost tens of thousands of dollars. With the federal funding allocated, schools will be able to bring students back to their desks.

“Everyone wants schools to reopen completely and for our children to be able to return to the classroom, but it needs to be done in a way that is safe for students, families, educators, and learning institutions,” said Senator Schumer. “COVID brought unprecedented challenges that have cost a year of learning and development for students—challenges disproportionately felt by students of color, students from low-income families, students with disabilities, and more. As Majority Leader, I was proud to make funding for our schools a priority, and the American Rescue Plan will deliver this much needed aid to get Upstate students back in school. Help is on the way for Upstate New York’s schools put behind the curve by the pandemic.”

“The announcement of this federal stimulus is a bright spot in an otherwise challenging year.  This funding will assist us in Syracuse with helping to address learning loss, social-emotional supports for students and families, increased technology, and minor building infrastructure needs.  I would like to thank Senator Chuck Schumer for his leadership and everyone who worked tirelessly to see that this funding was awarded as a part of the relief package,” said Jaime Alicea, Superintendent of Syracuse City School District.

This funding is in addition to the $5 billion Schumer secured for New York school districts in the past COVID relief bills. In total, Schumer has secured over $14 billion for New York school districts in the past year.

Below is a breakdown of funding for schools in each region:

REGION TOTAL
Capital Region $219,738,000.00
Southern Tier $227,876,000.00
Western New York $481,551,000.00
Hudson Valley $623,973,000.00
Rochester-Finger Lakes $391,986,000.00
Central New York $254,493,000.00
Mohawk Valley $173,398,000.00
North Country $134,948,000.00
TOTAL $2,507,963,000

Here is a list of Central New York school districts:

COUNTY DISTRICT FUNDING
Cayuga County  Auburn City School District $9,835,000.00
Cayuga County  Cato-Meridian Central School District $1,063,000.00
Cayuga County  Moravia Central School District $1,829,000.00
Cayuga County  Port Byron Central School District $1,660,000.00
Cayuga County  Southern Cayuga Central School District $1,391,000.00
Cayuga County  Union Springs Central School District $910,000.00
Cayuga County  Weedsport Central School District $752,000.00
Cortland County  Cincinnatus Central School District $1,442,000.00
Cortland County  Cortland City School District $5,519,000.00
Cortland County  Homer Central School District $2,880,000.00
Cortland County  Marathon Central School District $1,806,000.00
Cortland County  McGraw Central School District $804,000.00
Onondaga County  Baldwinsville Central School District $4,783,000.00
Onondaga County  East Syracuse-Minoa Central School District $3,901,000.00
Onondaga County  Fabius-Pompey Central School District $1,350,000.00
Onondaga County  Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District $1,250,000.00
Onondaga County  Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District $3,325,000.00
Onondaga County  Jordan-Elbridge Central School District $2,126,000.00
Onondaga County  LaFayette Central School District $762,000.00
Onondaga County  Liverpool Central School District $7,611,000.00
Onondaga County  Lyncourt Union Free School District $1,332,000.00
Onondaga County  Marcellus Central School District $1,198,000.00
Onondaga County  North Syracuse Central School District $11,049,000.00
Onondaga County  Onondaga Central School District $1,642,000.00
Onondaga County  Skaneateles Central School District $892,000.00
Onondaga County  Solvay Union Free School District $2,937,000.00
Onondaga County  Syracuse City School District $128,477,000.00
Onondaga County  Tully Central School District $1,319,000.00
Onondaga County  West Genesee Central School District $3,279,000.00
Onondaga County  Westhill Central School District $1,152,000.00
Oswego County  Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District $2,669,000.00
Oswego County  Central Square Central School District $6,944,000.00
Oswego County  Fulton City School District $11,317,000.00
Oswego County  Hannibal Central School District $4,274,000.00
Oswego County  Mexico Central School District $4,058,000.00
Oswego County  Oswego City School District $9,674,000.00
Oswego County  Phoenix Central School District $3,826,000.00
Oswego County  Pulaski Central School District $1,971,000.00
Oswego County  Sandy Creek Central School District $1,484,000.00

A full list of school districts receiving funding across New York State can be viewed below.