By Joseph Spector
Albany Bureau Chief
ALBANY, NY-- More than $12 million is being awarded to four school districts for their consolidation efforts, which are saving the districts $21 million a year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to announce Tuesday.
The district includes the city of Rochester; Newburgh; Queensbury, Warren County; and Kenmore-Tonawanda, Erie County.
In the current state budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo allocated $50 million in competitive grants for schools that improve their efficiency.
"Despite the fiscal pressure facing New Yorkers, many school districts have achieved cost savings in order to prioritize their spending on programs that improve student achievement," Cuomo's office wrote in a news release Tuesday.
The four districts announced today saved nearly $22 million through a variety of changes. They are receiving $12.3 million in aid.
The Kenmore-Tonawanda City School District will receive $3.6 million over three years for finding $5.9 million savings and Queensbury Unified School District will get $561,261 over three years.
The Rochester City School District will receive $4.5 million over three years for finding $9.5 million in cost savings, the governor's office said. They've been able to reduce contractual services, consolidate central office staff and improve oversight of health-care benefits to dependents, the state said.
The Newburgh City School District will receive $3.6 million over three year for identifying $5.8 million in savings.