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Herricks Receives Additional State Aid for 2013-14 School Year

District to use funds for planned property tax settlements, teachers as necessary.

The Herricks Board of Education will be adding its tax certiorari fund back in the budget for the 2013-14 school year after receiving an increase in state aid.

Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth said that in addition to the $400,000 increased sum, the district received $50,000 from Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, D-Great Neck. The board decided to reinstitute its tax certiorari fund, which was $350,000.

The district will receive $703,324 in total additional state aid for 2013-14, an 8.45 percent increase over 2012-13. The total estimated amount of state aid for Herricks is $9,024,126. The district received $8,320,802 in aid for the 2012-13 school year.

Board member Brian Hassan explained that if the board did not reinstate the certiorari fund and Nassau County wins its appeal, the district would have to come up with $700,000 in 2013-14 for property tax settlements.

As a result of the increase in state aid and the aid from Schimel, there was $220,000 added to the budget which the board decided would be used for additional teaching personnel, which be determined by enrollment and need at a future date.

“This lessens reductions,” Dr. Bierwirth said.

Board vice president James Gounaris said that he wanted to see this additional funding go “where it will best serve as many children as possible.”

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