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Board Member Emilio Genzano argued against the motion, noting that the restoration of the cut programs was defeated by a 7 to 2 vote when the board approved the budget. "Where are we going to get the money from," said Genzano. Genzano said that restoring the programs, at the expense of others would be disrespectful to the budget process. "We can't disrespect everyone that participated in this process," he said.

Genzano was followed by a number of board members that opposed Fraterrigo's resolution, including Board Member's Gloria Towle-Hilt, Denise Eisele, Colleen O'Connell, and Cathy Barber, vice-president of the board.

Superintendent John McGuire said that legally the board cannot add to the budget, however, he said that can relocate funds from one part of the budget to another, although he voiced his opinion against that practice. "Tinkering with the budget you adopted is bad business, in my opinion," he said.

Board President Richard Weisz eventually proposed an amendment to the motion that called for the district to come up with a structure by which a sport that was eliminated in the budget can be funded through private donations.

"In the very preliminary conversations I had people are very interested in doing that," said McGuire.

According to Neil Sanders, assistant superintendent for business, the district can accept donations to fund a specific sport providing that the entirety of the funding is received prior to the season.

The amendment was eventually passed by the unanimous vote by the board. The school district is now tasked with coming up a method and rules by which donations can be accepted to fund the freshman and repeat sports and present the method to the board for adoption at the next meeting on Tuesday, May 11.

The budget is set to be voted on by voters with the district on Tuesday, May 18.


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