In 2009, facing a budget gap, the state reduced aid to schools to solve its financial problems. Known throughout the state as the Gap Elimination Adjustment, the loss, for Minerva, has amounted to almost $850,000. While some of this money has been restored in small amounts over the years, it continues to fall far short of meeting our needs. Adding to already stressed resources, the state has continued to impose unfunded mandates, as well as an unrealistic property tax cap forcing our school to make devastating cuts to staff and programs.
Minerva CARES hopes to raise awareness of these unfair funding practices and their negative impact on our school and inspire people to take action by becoming more informed, contacting legislators, and signing petitions. More information and ideas about how to get involved can be obtained on the website (minervacares.org), or through printed materials available at Sullivan’s Store, the Minerva Town Hall, or Minerva Central School.
Minerva CARES believes that through education and action, we can make a difference—our school and community depend on it, and our students deserve it.