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New Hartford School Board discusses budget gap with community

Tensions were high at Tuesday’s school board meeting in New Hartford.

Posted: Apr 3, 2018 11:49 PM
Updated: Apr 4, 2018 1:49 AM

NEW HARTFORD -- Tensions were high at Tuesday’s school board meeting in New Hartford.

The New Hartford board of education met to discuss the school district’s $900,000 budget gap.

Parents and students addressed the board with concerns over the 2018-2019 school budget. Many of those concerns include teacher job cuts.

Parents, students, and teachers voiced their concerns about how the district is handling closing the budget gap.

The room was packed to capacity at the meeting. Teachers wore red to show unity and solidarity.

Board members say they have managed to balance the budget gap for the 2018-2019 school year.

Superintendent Robert Nole says staff cuts were made along with other changes in order to help balance the budget.

Board members say they try to communicate budget issues with the community, but some parents say they want better lines of communication between them and the school district.

Board members say the budget gap stems from a lack of revenue and not a spending problem.

The school district received over $600,000 from the state to use towards the 2018-2019 budget.

The superintendent says he will continue to lobby for more money for the school district.

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