North Shore school districts to see continued increases in state aid in 2025

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North Shore school districts to see continued increases in state aid in 2025
New Hyde Park Road School, one of the schools located in New Hyde Park-Garden City Union Free School District. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Nearly all North Shore school districts are on the early list to receive an increase in state aid in the 2025 budget, with three school districts anticipating a cut in their allocations.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s 2025 budget proposal includes an allocation of $35.3 billion in state school aid. This is an increase of $825 million from the prior budget, or a rise of 2.4%.

The $825 million proposed increase from budget to budget encompasses a ​​$507 million increase for Foundation Aid – the state’s main education operating aid formula that is based on equity. The remaining $318 million increase is attributed to all other school aid programs.

The 2025 budget proposal comes in the wake of the 2024 budget’s $3.1 billion increase in school aid – a historic increase in the state that amounted to a 10% increase from the prior budget.

Despite increases in the state’s budget for school aid across Long Island and in Nassau County, some districts on Long Island’s North Shore will be seeing decreases in their state aid.

Of the North Shore districts proposed to receive a decrease in their state aid in 2024-2025, the three are the New Hyde Park-Garden City Union Free School District, Port Washington Union Free School District and Mineola Union Free School District.

New Hyde Park-Garden City is facing the biggest cut in state aid on the North Shore, with a 2.13% decrease proposed.

Last year, the district received $12,172,663 – an 18.89% increase from the year before – and is proposed to receive $11,912,975 in 2024-2025, a $259,688 decrease.

Of the three facing a proposed decrease, Port Washington is proposed to receive the biggest cutback at $20,858,822. This represents a 0.61%, or $127,308 decrease, from the prior year, which saw Port receive $20,986,130 in state aid.

In the 2023-2024 budget, Port saw a 42.25% bump in its state aid when it jumped by more than $6 million from $14,752,285 in 2022-2023.

While Port is facing potential cuts in its state aid, it is still slated to be awarded the third most on the North Shore.

Mineola’s state aid decrease is similar to that of Port’s, set at about a 0.63% decrease, with a proposal to receive $14,982,616 in the 2024-2025 year. This is $94,752 less than what it received last year at $15,077,368.

Mineola School District received a 28.07% increase in its state aid last year.

North Shore school districts’ proposed state aid for the 2024-2025 year under Gov. Hochul’s proposed budget. (Graphic by Rose Palacios)

Roslyn Union Free School District is proposed to have the biggest percentage increase in its state aid on the North Shore, amounting to a 10.17% increase.

The district received $11,305,205 of state aid in 2023-2024 and is proposed to receive an additional $12,455,214 in the next budget – a $1,150,009 increase.

Receiving the most state aid overall on the North Shore is the Sewanhaka Central High School District, which is proposed to receive $72,925,547 in state aid in the next budget. This is a 1.57% increase from the prior year.

Last year, Sewanhaka received $71,797,524.

Herricks is the second-highest district in awarded state aid on the North Shore, proposed to receive $28,664,174 in the new budget. This is a 6.58% increase from the prior year when they received $26,893,394.

Manhasset Union Free School District, the district with the lowest allotted state aid on the North Shore, received the second-highest percentage increase proposed at 8.43% Last year the district received $5,250,148 and is proposed to receive $5,692,716 in 2024-2025.

The second lowest awarded school district on the North Shore is East Williston, which is proposed to receive $7,676,177 in 2024-2025. This is a 4.69% increase from the prior year.

The Great Neck Public Schools is proposed to receive $15,289,918, a $538,478 or 3.65% increase. The district received $14,751,440 in state aid last year.

On Long Island, school districts would be seeing an overall 3% increase in state aid. Nassau County districts would potentially receive a 4.9% increase.

New York State encompasses 673 major school districts which educate about 2.2 million students in grades kindergarten through 12th.

Education is the largest spending by the state. New York State ranks No. 1 nationally in spending per pupil – an accolade it has secured for 17 straight years.

With the addition of the 2025 budget, the state’s school spending would increase by about $13 billion over 10 years.

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