At its March 4 meeting, the Board of Education approved a resolution calling on the state to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA. The GEA is the state's ongoing policy of withholding aid from every district in New York to help address its own budget challenges.
The GEA has been in place since 2010-11. In that time, Niskayuna's schools have lost more than $11.9 million to it. Under the state budget proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January, the district would lose another $2.9 million to the GEA in 2014-15.
At the current rate funding is being restored, it would take years for the state to do away with the GEA.
"There is no better investment than a Niskayuna education," Superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio said. "The best way to ensure the stability of programs that students and families can count on, in a manner that our community can afford to support, is for the state to live up to its funding commitments."
"We need our community to advocate for the elimination of the GEA with our elected representatives," Salvaggio added.