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Whitesboro Central School budget proposal looks to cut 20+ positions

By CAROLINE GABLE

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Over the course of the last three years, the Whitesboro Central School district has downsized its staff.

Now their current budget proposal is looking to make even deeper cuts in light of a reduction in state aid.

While the Whitesboro Central School District's budget proposal is still a project in the works, it includes cutting 20-plus staff positions.

Governor Cuomo's original state budget proposal reduced state aid for the district by $3.5 million. However, $1.4 million was restored thanks to the Federal Jobs Bill.

In the eleventh hour, the assembly and senate approved an additional $585,000 to go back to the district. The bottom line - this is a $1.5 million shortfall in aid, compared to last year.

The budget increase over last year is expected to fall somewhere between 5% to 6%, much of which can be attributed to building projects, such as an addition to the high school, roofing projects, renovated science labs, and additional special education rooms.

Superintendent David Langone says this year's school budget is a balancing act.

"We know these are tough times," Langone said. "Some people are upset because their taxes are going up and other people are upset because programs are being cut. So the bottom line is that we are doing all we can to maintain as many programs as possible while still dealing with the issues that the taxpayers face everyday in an economy that hasn't yet fully re-bounded."

"We've had to cut back programs, we've had to increase class sizes not to the level where it's unmanageable, but it's certainly different than what we've known about in the past," Langone said. "So we've looked at all of those things. We've tried to keep programs as intact as possible, but we are cutting programs and we are cutting obviously, cutting employees."

The Whitesboro Central School District is holding a budget workshop Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., and public comment is welcome at the administrative building on Whitesboro Street in Yorkville.

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