Aid delay spurs concern

Rhinebeck Superintendent Joseph Phelan said it is expected that there will be $68,909 deferred in aid for the district. He does not expect it will result in cutting programs during the current school year but said it bodes poorly for how aid is handled in the future and he is hopeful previous planning will help the district withstand state problems.

“There are more questions than answers in exactly what this means especially when we’re talking about withholding aid that is due (today),” he said. “We are not as dependent on state aid compared to many of the districts in the region. So when state aid gets cut back it’s a smaller piece of our overall revenue.”

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