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— Teaching positions slated for elimination include one elementary librarian, one elementary Opportunities and Programming for Advanced Learners (OPAL) position and one second-grade teacher at Sacandaga Elementary School. The floating nurse would also be eliminated, leaving one nurse for each school.

Athletics would be reduced by $115,000, which would mean cuts to equipment and supplies, business office spending and summer grounds helpers.

Program eliminations include driver’s education, field trips, late bus runs, sixth-grade exploratory foreign language program, the 1-2-3 Success program and young scholars.

“All these programs are important to somebody,” Hanlon said. “To cut something that benefits kids is the opposite of what educators want to do.”

Summer school would also be eliminated, except for special education summer school offerings because Hanlon said the district is required to offer it.

During last year’s budget deliberations, the Board of Education restored sixth- to 12th-grade summer school after the entire program was slated for elimination. This year, that reduction was included.

“What we are hoping is that kids will go to other schools (for summer school), because other schools are keeping it,” Hanlon said.

Driver’s education became too costly for the district to offer, he said, because the district could only charge around $175 per student. The going market price for similar programming is around $300.

“We don’t have the vehicles and the cost to maintain the vehicles would not be worth it,” he said.

Two administrative positions are being eliminated in Superintendent Susan Swartz’s reorganization of office staff. Swartz announced the first round of administration changes on Wednesday, April 4, which will become effective on July 1.

John Geniti, current athletic director and interim principal at Lincoln Elementary School, will become the full-time Lincoln principal next year. Upon assuming his new role, Geniti will give up his athletic director responsibilities.

Mark McCarthy, a high school mathematics teacher and academic head of the math department, will become the full-time principal at Glen-Worden Elementary School. McCarthy will give up his responsibilities as math academic head. Maureen Long has also been serving as Glen-Worden principal this school year, but will return to her position as director of instruction and curriculum.

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