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February 22, 2014

Ken-Ton School District hosting rally

Tonawanda News — The Ken-Ton School District is hosting a rally against the gap elimination act at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Kenmore East High School, a statement announced.

Dr. Rick Timbs, of the Statewide School Finance Consortium, will deliver a presentation at the rally. Representatives from other Erie County districts, including Superintendent Mark Mondanaro, will also speak.

The event is being sponsored by a number of groups — including the Erie County Association of School Boards, Western New York Educational Service Council and the Western Region Parent Teacher Association. 

“We expect many concerned parents, district residents, community leaders, school board members, as well as our state legislators from all across Erie County to gain knowledge and understanding regarding current specific state aid reductions and their devastating effects on our children’s education,” a statement from Ken-Ton Board President Bob Dana reads. 

The rally is free, but those who attend should register by emailing bdana@kenton.k12.ny.us. 

Earlier this month, the Ken-Ton board passed a resolution calling on the state Legislature to immediately end a funding change known as the gap elimination adjustment.

The resolution states that the GEA was implemented in 2010 as a one-time reduction in aid to help balance the state budget. The measure has been a part of every year’s budget since then.

“The GEA since its inception has reduced state aid to the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District by over $33 million,” the resolution states. “This reduction in aid has resulted in a cost shift to local taxpayers.”

IF YOU GO: WHAT: Rally to do away with the GEA WHERE: Kenmore East, 350 Fries Road, Town of Tonawanda WHEN: Thursday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. HOW: Register by emailing bdana@kenton.k12.ny.us

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