Scotia-Glenville school district braces for budget challenge

President of the Board Margaret Smith said that she wants to be cautious more now then ever on how to best use state funding, and she said the budget forums are important because they give taxpayers a voice in the process.

"We know how much the community values education, but we also know people are worried about their own personal budgets, and we need to try to balance that out," said Smith.

Some board members have said they are not willing to cut any academic programs, including Young Scholars, which was reinstated a few years ago for the firth and fifth grade levels. One option for the district would be to no longer outsource that program through BOCES but to include it in its own enrichment program run within the district.

Board member Ben Conlon, a proponent of enrichment programs said he is concerned that making cuts in these areas will decrease the level of effectiveness.

"Cuts in academic enrichment programs do not always sit well with the community," said Conlon.

Swartz said other areas of concerns will continue to be the rising cost of employee health benefits and increased energy prices. One area where the district will save is the mid-day transportation costs, which will be eliminated due to a recently passed full-day kindergarten program.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. every Monday throughout the budget season.


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