Gowanda waiting on aid from department of budget

GOWANDA – The Gowanda Central School district is waiting on money that is owed to it by the state Department of Budget. The district has not received money for Native American aid for the past two school years.

The district is owed $1.6 million from 2010-2011 school year and $2 million for the 2011-2012 school year. It did receive partial payment for the 2010-11 school year and is awaiting the other partial payment for that school year, and full payment from the 2011-12 year.

Since the district is awaiting payment, the district is transferring money from various reserve accounts into the general fund. According to District Clerk Joelle Woodward, these transfers would normally occur at the end of the school year; since the Native American aid has yet to come in, the district is making the transfers earlier in the year.

“Every district with a tuition contract is having a delay,” Superintendent Charles Rinaldi said.

During a regular recent board meeting, the board of education approved the amount of $11,174.17 from the unemployment insurance reserve and $392,000 from the debt service fund to the general fund. The board also approved a transfer of $272,448 from the retirement contribution reserve to the general fund during a special meeting. The board discussed possibly taking out a RAN but has not further pursued that option. Woodward said some of the money transferred out of reserve accounts may be put back following payment from the department of budget. Woodward also said there was some movement in regard to the aid. A contract amendment had been approved and was forwarded to the state Comptroller.

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