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District weighs merged classes

Nisky’s first budget forum focuses on class size, multi-grade courses

— She said she understands the parents with young kids, but said the combination classes provide a good outcome.

“It all depends on the classroom teacher,” she said. “I think people get all crazy about class size and combination classes.”

Joe Skumurski, the parent of a Hillside student and Van Antwerp student, said the school’s budget is going to need to override the tax cap in order to maintain services and programming provided to students.

He questioned where the cuts were going to stop before too much damage is done to school programming.

Jim Hunter, 78, a Niskayuna resident for 37 years, said he has never questioned the quality of the district’s education programs, but taxes need to be controlled.

“For seniors, it is a very difficult proposition,” he said.

The next budget forum is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the regular 6:30 p.m. time slot before the Board of Education meeting held in the Van Antwerp Middle School auditorium. The second forum will focus on administration and previous budget reductions. For information on future budget forums visit the district’s website at www.NiskySchools.org.

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