Fort Plain Superintendent details the district’s
loss of money due to Gap Elimination Adjustment
At the Board of Education meeting on
Wednesday, Jan. 8, Fort Plain Central School District Superintendent
Douglas C. Burton detailed how the district has lost $3,205,314 from
the 2010-11 school year through the 2013-14 school year due to the
Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).
During that same time period, Montgomery
County schools lost an average of $3,914 per student compared to the
state average of $3,163, according to numbers from the Statewide
School Finance Consortium (SSFC).
The GEA was introduced in 2010 as a way for
the state government to close its budget deficit. It did so by
spreading the funding shortfall around to all school districts
through a GEA reduction to the overall Foundation Aid due to
Mr. Burton also detailed the district’s
Combined Wealth Ratio (CWR) of .377 for 2013-14. As part of the
state aid formula, the State Education Department measures the
wealth of every school district through the CWR.A school district
with a CWR of 1.0 represents average wealth.
“Poorer school districts have borne the brunt
of Gap Elimination Adjustment reductions to state aid,” Mr. Burton
said. “Thus, staff, programs and fund balances have been
Ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment is one
of the district’s advocacy priorities for 2013-14. District leaders
are urging residents to work with legislators to secure fair and
adequate funding for students.
The district suggests the following:
• Sending letters or emails to the governor and legislators;
• Participating in a lobbying day in Albany, such as the Alliance
for Quality Education Rally on Tuesday, Jan. 14; and
• Scheduling an in-person meeting with local legislators