In his presentation Wednesday, Nov. 19, Tebbano put the $1.8 million proposed mid-term cut into context by showing the cost of some select areas of the program. For example, the district spends about $750,000 on athletics, $325,000 on technology equipment, and $150,000 on after-school programs; 10 teaching positions account for about $625,000 in the budget " roughly a third of the cut that had been proposed.
The district spends about $150,000 for field trips and $50,000 on enrichment funding, two areas that have already been affected by the nonessential freeze.
"Let me be clear that these in no way should be taken as areas we are proposing to cut or even the most likely targets," said Tebbano. "The community just needs some context about how crucial the role the state's investment in education is for Bethlehem's students and taxpayers." ""