By Allison Collins
UNADILLA – NYS Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, visited Unatego Elementary Wednesday, Dec. 20 to present the district with a check for $50,000 in state grand funding toward expanded and continuing programming. Seward’s presentation to Unatego was one of three made that day; Franklin Central School District and Charlotte Valley Central School District were awarded $50,000 apiece, as well.
Seward said in a press statement that allocation of the legislative funding was spurred by increasing fiscal and student needs in rural districts.
“Our schools are faced with growing financial demands while, at the same time, student needs are also on the rise,” Seward said. “I am pleased to partner with our local schools in making certain that students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and thrive when they leave.”
Superintendent of Unatego schools Dr. Dave Richards said the funding was discretionary and its allotment needs-based within the senator’s nine-county district.
“The grant was part of a discretionary fund available to Senator Seward that he could distribute to local schools on the basis of need,” Richards said. He added, “We meet on a regular basis with our legislators and are pleased that the senator found our needs to be worthy of his assistance and generosity.” The district, Richards said, did not apply for the funding and learned of its award in June 2017.
Seward, an Otsego County native, said keeping a “fair share” of state aid upstate has been a continuous focus of his.
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