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Staff Update - September 16, 2014

State Aid and Financial Planning Service would like to welcome our newest team member, Dana Dever. Dana will be working as State Aid Planning’s new Operations Manager. Dana will be working out of our main office at Questar III BOCES and can be reached at 518-477-2635 or We hope that you will help us welcome Dana to her new position.


2014 Fall Workshop Materials - September 4, 2014

The 2014 Fall Workshop materials are now available on our Workshops page. See the following link referenced in our PowerPoint:

Property Tax Freeze Guidance from NYS Department of Tax and Finance:


ERS Employer Pension Contribution Rates For Fiscal Year 2015-16 - September 4, 2014

The New York State Employee Retirement System (ERS) released employer contribution rate (ECR) information, impacting the 2015-16 school budget. We recommend that you share the information with your Board of Education and public as the district develops the 2015-16 budget. READ MORE >>


"STAC Talk" Recorded Session - September 2, 2014

If you missed the live webinar, the recorded session of "STAC Talk" is now available online. Also, the presentation is available for download. VIEW RECORDED SESSION >>


2014 Fall Workshop Registration Deadline - August 25, 2014

Just a reminder that Tuesday, September 2nd is the deadline to register for one of the Fall Workshops. REGISTER HERE >>


Receipients of $340 Million in Full Day Pre-K Funding Announced - August 19, 2014

Governor Cuomo announced Monday a list of the recipients of $340 million in full-day pre-kindergarten funding for school districts and Community Based Organizations statewide. The funding, included in the 2014-15 State Budget, is the first installment as part of the State's commitment to invest $1.5 billion over five years to build a Statewide Universal Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten program. READ MORE >>


REMINDER: State Aid Claims Forms and ST-3 Due September 2, 2014 - August 18, 2014

In order to avoid delayed State Aid payments, initial submission and certification of the 2014-15 SAMS Claims Forms and Annual Financial Report form ST-3 are due by September 2, 2014 via the SAMS system. SAMS can be accessed from the State Aid Web site at or from the main New York State Education Department home page at For additional guidance, please see our Workbook for 2014-15 General State Aid Claims Forms Guidebook or see NYSED’s memo here:


Reporting Tax Warrant 10 Days After Execution - August 14, 2014

Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2014 establishes a property tax freeze for school districts (and other municipalities) beginning with the 2014-15 school year. According to the law, STAR eligible taxpayers who reside within a "freeze-compliant" taxing jurisdiction will receive a rebate check in the Fall of 2014. For a school district to be considered freeze-compliant, the district’s tax levy must remain within the property tax levy limit and district tax warrants must be reported to Tax and Finance no later than 10 days after the warrant is executed by the district OR the governmental entity that prepares the tax rolls, bill or both. READ MORE >>


Last Extension of the Use of Lever Voting Machines - August 13, 2014

Governor Cuomo signed a bill into law that extends school districts’ ability to use lever voting machines for one final year, through December 31, 2015. If no action had been taken, use of such machines would have been prohibited after December 31, 2014. The legislation, originally passed by both the Senate and Assembly in June, can be viewed here:


Forms for the 2014-15 STAR Application are Now Available - August 13, 2014

Just a Reminder: Applications for STAR Reimbursement are Due
The NYS Department of Taxation and Finance Office of Real Property Tax Services oversees the reimbursement for New York’s School Tax Relief Program (STAR). Forms and instructions can be found on their website at: READ MORE >>


"Coffee Talk" Recorded Session - August 13, 2014

If you missed the live webinar, the recorded session of "Coffee Talk" is now available online. Also, the presentation is available for download. VIEW RECORDED SESSION >>


"STAC Talk" Recorded Session - August 11, 2014

If you missed the live webinar, the recorded session of "STAC Talk" is now available online. Also, the presentation is available for download. VIEW RECORDED SESSION >>


REMINDER: SA-132 and SA-135 Due September 2, 2014 - August 7, 2014

If your district issued debt for school construction between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 you must submit either an SA-132 (bonds or capital notes) or an SA-135 (BANS) to SED by September 2nd. This information is necessary to calculate the statewide average interest rate used for the assumed amortization of capital construction projects. READ MORE >>


Blackboard Session on Fall 2014 Workshop - August 7, 2014

If you are unable to attend one of our Fall Workshops, the State Aid and Financial Planning Service is conducting an abbreviated web-based workshop on Monday, September 22, at 9:00 a.m.


REMINDER: Schedule F6 Due September 2, 2014 - August 6, 2014

School districts must complete and submit by 9/2/14 SAMS Schedule F6 to report information on all bus borrowings (BANS and/or Bonds) made between 7/1/13 and 6/30/14. SED requires this information to establish a 2013-14 statewide average interest rate to be used to amortize and aid the cost of school bus purchases. SAMS Schedule F6 is a separate form set requiring separate certification and must be submitted by September 2nd regardless of whether other SAMS claim forms are ready at that time. Information regarding the Schedule F6 submission is found on the NYSED state aid website at:


FRPL Data Review - August 4, 2014

In an effort to ensure the most accurate data is used for state aid calculations, SED recently sent the following memo and attachment to certain school districts regarding the Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) counts. READ MORE >>


Attention: New School Business Officials - August 1, 2014

Are you a new School Business Official or know of someone new to the position? Our State Aid and Business Office Training Service guides new business officials through the fundamentals of State Aid as well as a variety of other school business related topics. Our experienced specialists can visit with you in person or via video conferencing on a handful of topics. READ MORE >>