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Lake Shore awarded efficiency grant by state

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo awarded 12 model school districts one-time grants totaling $9 million for finding more than $9 million in permanent efficiency savings in their districts.

The $9 million awards will be over three years as part of the Governor’s competitive education grants program.

The competitive education grants for management efficiency rewards school districts that have implemented innovative strategies to improve the overall efficiency of school district management, while maintaining or improving student achievement. School districts across the State were invited to apply for a grant by demonstrating innovative cost-savings that were implemented in their districts.

These schools found efficiencies and savings in their district operations, in areas such as transportation, maintenance staff, and administrative support. As models, these districts will provide roadmaps to other districts for how to contain escalating costs that continue to grow every year.

“Our education system must become more efficient and direct spending away from the bureaucracy into the classroom,” said Governor Cuomo. “The twelve districts we are awarding today stand out as leading examples and will serve as models for other districts across the state..”

Over the past two years, Governor Cuomo has increased State Education Aid by 8.6% (a 4.2% increase in the 2012-2013 school year, and a 4.4% increase in the 2013-2014 school year for a total of $1.7B). Statewide increases in school spending, State support for education, and school property taxes have far outpaced the rate of inflation over the last decade. New York public schools spend more per pupil ($18,618) than any other state and 76 percent above the national average. However, New York’s high education spending has not translated into equally high student performance.

The Lake Shore School District was awarded $800,475 over 3 years for identifying a total of $889,416 in eligible cost-savings. This was accomplished by:

• Consolidating and reducing central office administrative responsibilities and positions; and

• Achieving district-wide energy savings through an Energy Management Initiative with the installation of motion sensors and replacement of lighting and efficiencies in building capacity and consolidation;

• Efficiencies in building capacity and consolidation; and

• Reducing transportation costs by reorganizing bus routes (reduction of 8 full time bus routes).

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