Schenectady schools to get extra $500,000

(The following is an excerpt from the July 6th edition of the Daily Gazette)

The Schenectady City School District will receive an additional $500,000 in state funding for new teachers.

Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam, and Phil Steck, D-Colonie, announced the discretionary aid during a news conference Monday morning at Schenectady High School.

This year, we continued to invest in our public schools and increase state aid, including meaningful increases right here in the City of Schenectady, and I fought tirelessly for this additional investment. This continued investment will allow us to keep important programs in place, allow our schools to offer a diverse curriculum and make sure we support teachers with critical classroom resources.
— Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara

Superintendent Laurence Spring said the $500,000 would be used to add a handful of new positions for the 2015-16 school year, including about three intervention and reading specialists and two music teachers, both on the elementary level. Spring said the funding would also go toward one clerical position.