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State Aid for Students with Disabilities Guidebook - Now Available - August 26, 2015

Available for download is the new State Aid for Students with Disabilities Guidebook that will assist you in the upcoming school year: State Aid for Students with Disabilites GuidebookMORE GUIDEBOOKS >>

 

REMINDER: State Aid Claims Forms and ST-3 Due September 2nd - August 25, 2015

In order to avoid delayed State Aid payments, initial submission and certification of the 2015-16 SAMS Claims Forms and Annual Financial Report form ST-3 are due by September 2, 2015 via the SAMS system. READ MORE >>

 

Important Reminder: SAMS Schedule F6 Due September 1st - August 21, 2015

School districts must complete and submit by 9/1/15 SAMS Schedule F6 to report information on all bus borrowings (BANS and/or Bonds) made between 7/1/14 and 6/30/15. READ MORE >>

 

Reporting GASB 68 for TRS and ERS - August 19, 2015

The issuance of GASB Statement 68 now requires School Districts to report their Net Pension Liability/Asset and Pension Deferred Inflows/Outflows as part of the annual ST-3 reporting. Districts will be reporting GASB 68 information with the ST-3 Supplemental Schedules this fall (Claim Year 2015-16). READ MORE >>

 

Topic Updates for September and October Coffee Talks - August 19, 2015

The topics for September and October's Coffee Talk webinars have been switched. Please see the updated calendar here.

 

Smart Schools Bond Act Application Available - August 14, 2015

SED has posted the Smart Schools Bond Act Application in the business portal. School districts can now submit their Smart Schools Investment Plans through the portal under the SED Monitoring and Vendor Performance System, found here: http://portal.nysed.gov/portal/page/portal/PortalApp. READ MORE >>

 

Notification of Error in ERS GASB 68 Calculation - August 13, 2015

It has come to our attention that there is an error in the GASB 68 calculations that were recently posted by the NYS Employees Retirement System. ERS will notify employers once the correction is made. READ MORE >>

 

Staff Update - August 12, 2015

The staff at Questar III State Aid Planning would like to congratulate Senior Specialist Adam Hotaling on his new position as Assistant Superintendent for Business at Troy CSD. Adam’s last day with State Aid Planning will be Friday, August 21st. We hope you join us in wishing him the best of luck and appreciation for his contributions to the school districts and Questar!

 

"STAC Talk" Recorded Session - August 10, 2015

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 >>

 

"Coffee Talk" Recorded Session - August 5, 2015

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 >>

 

Transportation Aid Guidebook - Now Available - August 5, 2015

Available for download is our updated Transportation Aid Guidebook that will assist you in understanding aid on transportation expenses. We have updated certain areas of the guidebook such as aidable/non-aidable expenditures, life of a bus purchase, and sharing transportation services. MORE GUIDEBOOKS >>

 

2014-15 State Aid Payments End of School Year Reports are Available - July 31, 2015

2014-15 State Aid Payments End of School Year Reports have been posted by NYSED's State Aid Unit on each district's website. This report shows all the state aid payments made to the district during the 2014-2015 school year. The information is helpful in reconciling revenues. READ MORE >>

 

Workbook for 2015-2016 General State Aid Claim Forms - Now Available - July 31, 2015

Available for download is our updated guidebook that will assist you in the upcoming year with completing the State Aid Claim Forms: Workbook for 2015-2016 General State Aid Claim FormsREAD MORE >>

 

State Aid Claim Forms Are Available! - July 28, 2015

The 2015-16 state aid claim forms and the ST-3 are available on the State Aid Management System (SAMS). A link to SAMS and additional information can be found on SED’s state aid unit website: http://stateaid.nysed.gov/.  

 

Updated Guidebooks - July 17, 2015

Available for download are the new Reference Guide to Instructional Material Aids and the Non-Resident Pupils Guidebook that will assist you in the upcoming school year. MORE GUIDEBOOKS >>

 

Final Review of 2014 Enrollment and FRPL Data - July 17, 2015

In August the Office of Information Reporting Services (IRS) will finalize the SIRS and BEDS online files containing the 2014 enrollment and Free/Reduced Price Lunch counts (FRPL). This data directly impacts State Aid calculations for school districts. READ MORE >>

 

Aid Attributable Worksheet and Nonresident Billing - July 16, 2015

When districts use the “Calculation of Public Excess Cost Aid Attributable to Parentally-Placed Nonresident and Charter School Students” (“Aid Attributable”) worksheet that is updated annually and posted on SED’s website for nonresident student billing, entries A and B of Part I are found on the 2007-08 Public Excess Cost Aid (“PUB”) report. READ MORE >>

 

"Coffee Talk" Recorded Session - July 15, 2015

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 >>

 

2015-16 Expanded Prekindergarten Q&A Now Available - July 14, 2015

The list of Questions and Answers regarding the 2015-16 Expanded Prekindergarten for Three and Four Year Old Students in High-Need School Districts is now available here. For additional information on this grant, click here.

 

Remember to Update SEDDAS Users to file ST-3 and Claim Forms - July 14, 2015

Filing your ST-3 and claim forms will require up-to-date username and password information in the State Aid Management System (SAMS). User access and rights to the SAMS system is managed in the State Education Department Delegated Account System (SEDDAS). READ MORE >>

 

"STAC Talk" Recorded Session - July 13, 2015

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 >>

 

2015 Fall Workshop Registration - July 13, 2015

Please join us for our annual Fall 2015 Workshops! The topics will include:
• Overview of 2015-16 State Budget
• SMART Schools Update
• Tax Cap Review and Update
• Nonresident Student Issues
• Additional timely information

The workshop schedule is here. Please note Mid-Hudson’s new location as well as new times for Putnam-Westchester, Buffalo, and Rochester. REGISTER >>

 

ST-3 Changes Posted by SED - July 10, 2015

NYSED has posted ST-3 changes for the 2015-16 claim year. The list contains numerous changes that may be found at: https://stateaid.nysed.gov/st3/st3change_fiscal_year_end_063015.htm. READ MORE >>

 

REMINDER: Tax Freeze Certification Due July 21 - July 9, 2015

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 and 2015. For a school district to be considered freeze-compliant, the district’s tax levy must remain within the property tax levy limit. READ MORE >>

 

2015-16 Special Education Itinerant Services (SEIS) STAC Data Collection - July 9, 2015

The STAC Unit has posted a guidance memo detailing changes to Section 4410 of Education Law regarding the reimbursement for Special Education Itinerant Services (SEIS) beginning with the 2015-16 school year and the collection of data that will be submitted to the Education Department. The guidance is intended to assist counties with the collection of such data. View the memo.

 

 

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