Lawmakers, educators meet to mull Cuomo's aid cuts

MIDDLE ISLAND - State lawmakers and Long Island school district officials held a meeting today to come up with an action plan in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) proposed state school aid cuts.

Roberta Gerold has been the superintendent of Middle County schools for 15 years. She says her district could lose over $10 million under Cuomo's plan, which calls for $1.5 billion in statewide aid cuts. Gerold says that would lead to cuts in programs and staff.

"We already have high class loads, we already maximized enrollment," she says.

Cuomo has urged districts to dip into their reserve funds to avoid laying off teachers. Many school officials, however, say that's not a logical solution.

State Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) says local lawmakers will take the fight over cuts to Albany.

"We're going to change the cuts in a better way, more fairer way for Long Island," he says.

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