Assemblyman John Ceretto, D-Lewiston, has secured an additional $150,000 in discretionary funding for the Niagara Falls City School District. Ceretto presented a check Thursday at a Niagara Falls City School Board meeting. The aid, which will be used to preserve programs, is on top of a $150,000 increase in school aid for the district, which Ceretto helped secure in this year's state budget.
"As a former teacher, I know how important it is to give schools the funding they need," Ceretto said. "Proper funding is vital so our schools and educators can offer students a good education that puts them on the road to success."
"We are extremely grateful to Assemblyman Ceretto for his advocacy on behalf of the students of Niagara Falls," said Mark Laurie, superintendent of the Niagara Falls City School District. "The increase in aid will benefit students with extended learning programs and camps this summer, keeping students engaged and involved in safe academic and social settings."
Ceretto, a former teacher and father of two educators, has seen the effects of underfunding firsthand and said he understands the need to invest in schools so that every child has access to a quality education. Earlier this year, Ceretto voted for a state budget that increases school funding, ends the gap elimination adjustment (GEA), provides support for pre-K programs and freezes tuition at SUNY schools for the upcoming year.