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SCCS Budget 2024-25 Budget Brochure SCCS Budget 2024-25 Budget Brochure: The Southern Cayuga Central School District residents will vote on a $19,914,840 budget proposal for the 2024-2025 school year on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 am to 9 pm in the District Office. Voters will also select from three candidates for two open seats on the Board of Education, consider additional propositions including the purchase of school buses/student transportation vehicles, and an increase in taxpayer support for the Aurora Free Library and the Hazard Library Association. Select the image below for access to the complete Budget Brochure 2024-25 content.    
SCCS Budget Update #3 SCCS Budget Update #3: While progress has been made in securing foundational aid for schools, the finalization of the agreement between the legislature and the governor remains pending. The district extends sincere gratitude to community members who engaged with their local representatives, as it appears these efforts have postponed the elimination of the ‘Hold Harmless’ provision. Your calls and emails have truly made a difference.   Discussions continue at the state level, with the current focus on potentially deferring this challenging decision to the 2025-2026 school year. This delay aims to provide school districts with additional time to prepare for the future loss of state revenue. Looking ahead, there is anticipation of a reduction in state aid, reflecting New York State's shift ...
State Budget Proposal 2024 State Budget Proposal 2024: On January 16, 2024, Governor Hochul put forth a state budget proposal that includes a reduction in foundation aid to over 300 school districts, mainly small rural districts, across New York State. This proposal by the governor translates to a significant 30% cut for Southern Cayuga CSD, amounting to $2.2 million over the span of two years.    In 2023-2024, Southern Cayuga CSD received $7,264,241 in foundation aid. However, the governor's proposed budget for the next year suggests a reduction to $6,171,953. This first year budgetary adjustment is driven by the introduction of a new state aid formula and the elimination of the 'hold harmless' provision. Previously, this provision guaranteed that all school districts would receive no less than the amount of aid they ...
Congratulations! Congratulations!: There's exciting news at Southern Cayuga! On Friday night, January 12, Junior Charli Bennett (#11) made history by setting a new SCCS basketball scoring record (1262) for total varsity career points in a spectacular 66-36 victory over Candor. Heading into the game, Charli was only 32 points away from tying the record and 33 points away from claiming it as her own. In an incredible display of skill and determination, she scored an impressive 34 points against Candor, securing her position as the all-time basketball scoring leader at Southern Cayuga. Charli tied the record in the fourth quarter with a successful free throw, and less than a minute later, she clinched the title with a layup, bringing her total to 1262 points.The previous record was established at 1260 career points by Catherine ...
SCCS Fall 2023 Newsletter SCCS Fall 2023 Newsletter: The Southern Cayuga District Newsletter is one of many ways to stay in touch with the latest Southern Cayuga CSD news, events, and education-related timelines. Information is posted in the District Newsletter to ensure our School Community is provided with current news. The newsletter is published 4 times throughout the school year. Please click the image below to review our Fall 2023 Newsletter.    
SCCS Budget Update #2 SCCS Budget Update #2: Southern Cayuga CSD is gearing up for the conclusion of federal grant funding that has been crucial in providing enhanced support for students facing challenges following the pandemic. The American Rescue Plan allocated funding through the ESSER 3 grants for a three-year span from 2021 to 2024. With the end of this funding, the positions tied to this support, which include additional reading, math, and English Language Learner (ELL) support, as well as smaller class sizes in kindergarten and first grade, will cease. In total, 9.6 positions will be lost as a result of the conclusion of the grant funding.  As reductions in grant-funded positions were anticipated, the additional loss of state foundation aid will result in further staff reductions.  On January 16, 2024, Governor ...
NYS Aid Projections 2024-25 NYS Aid Projections 2024-25: The Board of Education and Administration have been actively engaged in planning for the 2024-25 school year budget and projecting expenses for next school year.  On January 16, the District received the preliminary state aid projections based on Governor Hochul’s executive budget proposals.  These projections are only an estimate until the New York State budget is finalized and enacted by the State Legislature.  These initial projections include a reduction of $1.1M from the amount of Foundation Aid that we received this year, with the elimination of the “save harmless” provision and instituting a “transition adjustment.”  
NYS 2023 ELA & Math Results NYS 2023 ELA & Math Results: We are thrilled to announce that Southern Cayuga students in grades three through eight have demonstrated excellent performance on the NYS 2023 ELA and math assessments, establishing themselves as top performers in Cayuga County.  In comparison to the 50 school districts in the Central New York (CNY) region, our achievements over the past year are truly noteworthy.  
SCCS Mascot Final Vote SCCS Mascot Final Vote: December 1, 2023 Dear School Community --  Thank you to everyone who voted on our mascot finalists. We would also like to thank the students, staff, and community who took the time to be a part of the mascot committee. Your insight was extremely valuable during this process. At this time the district is completing the final tally of the votes. The final step in the process is for the Board of Education to approve the change. We anticipate this will happen this winter.  Take care, SC Mascot Change Committee ----------------------------------------------- October 30, 2023 -- Dear School Community, It is time to vote for the new SCCS Mascot:  Cougars, Knights, or Red Dragons!  Please click here for more information on the mascot choices, ...
2023 Capital Project News 2023 Capital Project News: The Southern Cayuga Central Schools Board of Education proposes a $15.5 million capital improvement project which will include roof replacement of our high school and bus garage, the replacement of underground heating oil and propane fuel tanks, athletic field improvements, new playground structures, door replacements, water and sewage improvements, new scoreboard, masonry restoration, auditorium seat replacement, and replacement of the bleachers in the high school gym.  A comprehensive list of capital project improvements has been identified by our architects and the Board Facilities Committee and can be found on the 2023 Capital Project page .   The proposed capital project will have a net zero impact on the district budget, as the district will use $2.4 million from ...

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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026