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Hamburg Central schools to receive $241,000 in withheld state aid

Hamburg Central was the only school district in the state to lose aid because it did not have a teacher evaluation plan in place by the deadline in 2013.

But the last of the aid that was withheld will be fully restored this year. The district expects to receive $241,000 in state “bullet aid” through the efforts of Assemblyman Sean Ryan’s office.

'That was all done because the superintendent got everyone on the same page," Ryan said of Superintendent Michael Cornell.

Hamburg was one of five school districts in the state that did not have an agreement in place in 2013, but it was the only one to lose funding, a total of $482,000.

Negotiations at the time between then-Superintendent Steven Achramovitch and teachers had gotten testy. At one point the two sides were on the brink of reaching an agreement on the Annual Professional Performance Review, and teachers accused the district of threatening their jobs if they did not vote in favor of the evaluation plan. Talks broke down, the deadline was missed and the district lost the increase in state aid it was slated to get that year.

Cornell began looking into how to get the funding released shortly after becoming superintendent in 2015.

“Full restoration of this funding pushes the challenges of our past further into the background, allowing us to sharpen our focus even more on meeting the learning needs of every student," Cornell said.

“The Hamburg School District should never have lost funding in the first place," Ryan said.

The first half of the funding was restored through Ryan's efforts last year.

The funding coming to the district is allocated from unspent funding from previous state budgets.

 

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