Cicero-North Syracuse, Liverpool districts team up for education funding forum

WSYR-TV - They may be rivals on the basketball court and football field, but Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse School Districts are teaming up, hosting a joint information session to get support for their struggles with state funding.

The district blames the lack and unpredictability of a portion of state money called "Foundation Aid." Over the past ten years, Liverpool has lost nearly $47 million and CNS has missed out on nearly $137 million.

But districts say the real issue is not knowing how much they can count for their yearly spending plan. Liverpool lost out on about $2 million in the 2014 to 2015 school year. 

Three years earlier, it was more than $10 million. Cicero-North Syracuse over the past ten years lost anywhere from $9 to $17 million.

And for students, that can change everything.

"The last year, which is 6th grade, like the big year where you're finally leaving elementary school, I had to change to a brand new school, make new friends, meet new teachers, it was just a big change in my life," said Alexis Hayden, senior at Liverpool.

"It angers me, it's heartbreaking because my kids are the most important people in my life and what ends up happening is that I know they're going through a system that isn't giving them everything that we know that we have the availability to do," said Josh Kuryla.

When asked what's next to be cut should the budget not shake out, superintendents of both Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse school districts said "what's left?" After years of cuts affecting academics as well as extra curriculars, they don't even know where to look if they have to lose anything else.

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