Superintendent Advocates for Impact Aid

Superintendent Advocates for Impact Aid

Representatives of Silver Creek Central School District recently went to Washington, D.C., to call Congress’ attention to the needs of area schools at the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) Spring Conference. 

Todd A. Crandall, Superintendent, joined school district leaders from across the United States in March 2019 to discuss and advocate for Impact Aid, an essential program that provides funding to federally impacted school districts like Silver Creek Central.  Impact Aid reimburses these school districts for the loss of revenue caused by the presence of the nontaxable property, such as the Seneca Nation of Indians Cattaraugus Territory.  It helps ensure students who attend schools on or near such property have access to a quality education. 

“Without Impact Aid, we wouldn’t be able to effectively serve our students,” said Todd Crandall, Superintendent.  “Impact Aid funds are used for after school programming, tutoring, services for students with disabilities, transportation, and much, much more.  This funding is critical to providing our students the opportunities they need to maximize their potential, so it is important for us to travel to Washington and advocate directly to Congress for it.” 

During the three-day conference, school district representatives received updates on Impact Aid from the U.S. Department of Education.  In addition, they heard from national experts on a number of important education issues, including teacher retention, school safety and career-technical education.  

“Every student who attends Silver Creek benefits from Impact Aid,” continued Crandall.  “It is a program that our school district will continue to fight for.”