School Districts Bracing for Budget Cuts

February 4, 2011 Updated Feb 4, 2011 at 12:43 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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February 4, 2011 Updated Feb 4, 2011 at 12:43 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The governor made it clear during his budget address on Tuesday that local school districts will have to find ways to do more with less.

"You don't just sit there and I'll send you a check, and I'll send you a check, and I'll send you a check. You actually have to do something for the money," Cuomo said.

Instead, the governor is proposal a pay for performance system in which school districts with improving test scores will see more state aid.

"If it's about the students, and not funding a bureaucracy, and you want the students to do better -- why don't you fund increases in student achievement?," the governor told the audience at the Hart Auditorium on Tuesday.

In Western New York, every school district will see a decline in state aid. Williamsville is facing a 13.2 percent cut.

"When you have significant reductions in state support at the level the governor is proposing, the only things we have left to go is those things that effect the children most. And those are teachers and programs," said Dr. Howard Smith, superintendent at Williamsville Central Schools.

Gov. Cuomo will visit Western New York on Friday. He's scheduled to deliver his budget address at Daemen College.