Schenectady may save money by cutting programs

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Updated: 4/04 9:53 pm

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – School officials are considering cutting multiple programs to fill a huge gap in the Schenectady Central School District’s budget.

The school district reduced a $10 million budget gap to just over $5 million after it received state aid. Superintendent Larry Spring said the first round of reductions included administrative changes, but the district is still left with a $2.5 million gap it needs to close.

“These are all problematic things we have to wrestle with,” he said.

One option the district is considering to help save money includes eliminating all athletics, but that proposal does not sit well with parents, students and teachers.

Schenectady High School students are expected to protest the school board's proposed elimination of the district's sports programs.

"Sports have played a very important role in many of our lives and contributed to our educations in ways that would be irreplaceable," Lily Herrmann, an eleventh grade student who participates in two varsity sports, said.

School officials said cutting athletics would save about $320,000 for the school. Other programs are also at risk of being cut.

Reducing kindergarten through sixth grade would save $620,000, and eliminating elementary school librarians would save $400,000.

The board meeting is scheduled for Saturday at 8 a.m. in the Schenectady High School Learning Commons. Spring said the board will weight all the options before moving forward.


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