A provision of Education Law also allows for an “Early Aid Start” upon a finding by the commissioner that the district is unable to submit a final CSC or complete the FCR due to circumstances beyond the control of the school district. Under these circumstances, districts may request that building aid begin in advance of district submission of the final CSC and/or FCR. Early Aid Start may not begin sooner than 18 months after the commissioner’s approval date or submission of an SA-139, whichever is later. These requests can be granted but it is important to note that it does not come without risk. Aid can be recouped or put on a prior year adjustment list depending on the project’s actual cost. For more information, please review SED’s posting on their website.

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