The first look at Gov. George Pataki's proposed 2005-06 budget shows that all but one local school district would receive at least a small increase in operating aid next budget year.

Brookfield, in rural Madison County, would see its aid drop 1 percent or $2,029 under the budget Pataki unveiled Tuesday.

The other districts in Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties would see increases. (The operating aid increases don't include transportation, building and certain other aid.)

On Tuesday, Pataki proposed a budget with a 3.4 percent increase in education spending, which would mean $526million more statewide for the 2005-06 school year. Districts with high needs would get the biggest increases, Pataki said.

Local school officials were trying to decipher the numbers Tuesday. Pataki's budget would change how the aid money is handed out, and school officials hadn't figured out how their districts would fare once they sorted out the changes.

Marcellus business administrator Anthony Carnevale said his district would see an increase of not quite 2 percent, or a total of $123,388.

"It's better than looking at a deficit," he said.

Marianne O'Connor, business administrator for the Auburn school district, said so far, the numbers look promising. Auburn would receive about $640,000 more, an increase of about 3 percent.

"Any increase certainly is a positive," she said. "But we really need to spend time on these numbers."

Oneida city schools Superintendent Ron Spadafora said on the surface it looks as if his district would get a 4.9 percent, or $566,753, increase. But it looked as though his transportation money was down, and he didn't know why.

"We really need to take this apart and find out what it all means," Spadafora said.

He's hoping the governor's budget is "a worst-case scenario" and the Legislature will increase education money in the final budget, which usually is the case. Last year, the state didn't pass a budget until August.

More than 61 percent of the statewide increase, or $325million, would be set aside in a "Sound Basic Education Aid" fund for school districts with high needs, including New York City. The money would come from new video lottery terminals, the governor said.

The fund is part of how Pataki proposes to deal with school funding reform and a court decision requiring the state to give more money to New York City schools. The decision is the result of a lawsuit won by the Campaign for Fiscal Equity.

Pataki said he would target nearly 86 percent of the new basic education aid to 207 of the state's neediest school districts. New York City alone would receive 60 percent of the new aid.

The Campaign for Fiscal Equity put out a statement that ripped the education budget and called his Sound Basic Education increase "the exact trivial sum that he proposed last year and again falls short of the funding that New York (City) schools need to provide their children with the education they deserve."

Syracuse is considered a high-needs district, and it is among many in the state that had hoped that the Fiscal Equity verdict would translate into statewide reform. Syracuse would receive a roughly 4.6 percent, or $6.79million, increase under the Pataki proposal.

Superintendent Stephen C. Jones said the budget numbers were "disappointing," district spokesman Neil Driscoll said. Syracuse school board President Cynthia Kirby had a stronger assessment.

"Dismally inadequate," she said.

The increase falls far short of what several major studies have said Syracuse needs to provide its students a sound, basic education, Kirby said.

The Fulton district's proposed aid would increase 5.6 percent - or $1.23million. Fulton business manager David Gleason said the Sound Basic Education aid is the big question mark this year in the Pataki budget. "We've been reading the material to try to get our arms around what that entails," he said.

As for Brookfield, a district of some 300 students, Superintendent Gerard O'Sullivan hadn't seen the budget numbers Tuesday. Like school officials around the state, he planned to hunker down over them today.

The prospect of a decrease, however slight, didn't sit well with O'Sullivan. Brookfield is an underfunded, poor district and it's time for statewide reform to create fair and consistent funding, he said.

"It's a travesty that the citizens of Brookfield and their children are not treated equally as citizens from the Downstate areas," O'Sullivan said.

Aid for************%

District*********2005-2006****change

CAYUGA COUNTY

Auburn******$28.27*****3.07

Cato-Meridian****$10.94***2.11

Moravia*******$9.22***3.33

Port Byron***$9.33***2.86

So. Cayuga $7.91****6.21

Union Springs***$7.35***2.95

Weedsport****$7.46***3.67

CORTLAND COUNTY

Cincinnatus****$6.69****4.08

Cortland**********$18.53 4.49

Homer**************$15.49 2.04

Marathon********$8.19*****2.57

McGraw***********$5.45****3.98

MADISON COUNTY

Brookfield*******$2.90****- 0.10

Canastota*********$10.09*****1.57

Cazenovia********$6.96*******3.95

Chittenango******$16.36*****3.49

DeRuyter***********$4.18*******3.98

Hamilton************$3.75*******2.58

Madison************$4.61*********1.74

Morrisville-Eaton****$8.46***1.84

Oneida****$16.19***4.90

Stockbridge Valley****$5.46***1.96

Aid for*************%

District******************2005-2006******change

ONONDAGA COUNTY

Baldwinsville*****$30.95*************0.31

E. Syracuse-Minoa****$17.38****1.25

Fabius-Pompey******$6.51***********5.01

Fayetteville-Man.***$13.41********3.70

Jamesville-DeWitt***$8.39*******4.58

Jordan-Elbridge********$12.02*****2.69

LaFayette*******************$7.27*******2.92

Liverpool********************$46.97*****3.90

Lyncourt*********************$1.63********4.03

Marcellus********************$9.00*******1.97

N. Syracuse****************$49.69*****1.77

Onondaga********************$6.36*******2.99

Skaneateles****************$6.45********1.75

Solvay*************************$9.76********9.65

Syracuse*********************$170.5******14.58

Tully*****************************$7.11**********4.72

W. Genesee*****************$21.43*******4.00

Westhill***********************$9.95*********1.33

OSWEGO COUNTY

A-P-W**************$15.29**************2.55

Central Square****$30.77*********4.03

Fulton*****************$27.62************5.60

Hannibal*************$14.58************3.96

Mexico***************$19.22************4.12

Oswego***************$10.57************6.31

Phoenix***************$18.96************1.10

Pulaski*****************$9.06*************3.93

Sandy Creek********$11.28************3.64

Source: Gov. George Pataki's 2005-06 executive budget