As schools prepare for Tuesday's budget vote, there's an unease regarding school finances and anticipated state aid. State Senator Joe Griffo (R-Rome) organized a forum between local representatives, school administrators, and NYS Education Department Commissioner Betty Rosa, to make sure she understands the concerns of Upstate NY schools.

Local NYSUT, school board and teacher association representatives, Regent Patrick Mannion and Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-C-Miller, Assemblyman Robert Smullen, R-C-Meco, and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-Marcy, were also in attendance.

Griffo said, the meeting provided attendees with the opportunity to speak face-to-face with the commissioner and to directly discuss issues affecting their districts. Commissioner Rosa also visited students and staff at the elementary school.

Topics discussed included:

•Foundation Aid and funding challenges

•Capital projects and improvements


•Addressing teacher and principal shortages

•Preparing students for life after school


•Rising special education costs

“I thank Commissioner Rosa and her staff for their willingness to participate in this important discussion with area school superintendents and other stakeholders,” Sen. Griffo said. “Dialogue like this is critical to our efforts to enhance education for area students and better meet the needs of school districts and communities in the region.”

Senator Griffo was on WIBX's Keeler in the Morning Show on Friday, discussing the meeting. Watch below from YouTube.

Great Disney+ Movies You Might Have Missed

These excellent films are all waiting to be discovered on Disney+.

KEEP READING: Check out these totally awesome '80s toys

Gallery Credit: Angela Underwood

Mind-Boggling 2022 Moments That Felt Like Pranks

We pulled together a list of 11 inexplicable news stories that have already gone viral this year. They might seem like jokes, but we regret to inform you that they were all very much real. Check them out below.

Gallery Credit: Mike Nied

25 True Crime Locations: What Do They Look Like Today?

Below, find out where 25 of the most infamous crimes in history took place — and what the locations are used for today. (If they've been left standing.)

More From WIBX 950