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Schenectady school district addresses budget gap

SCHENECTADY -- The Schenectady City School District invites city residents to help decide what to cut in order to balance the $182 million 2014-2015 budget, which presently has a deficit of ten million dollars. A workshop session is scheduled for all who would like to attend on March 4 at Paige Elementary School.

Superintendent Laurence Spring told a group of about eighty at the Howe Early Childhood Education Center to let the district know which items they think students can most stand to lose and which, if any, should not be cut under any circumstances.

Spring presents the group with a 12-page booklet of potential cuts ranging from the elimination of kindergarten to the elimination of one night school administrator.

The idea is two-fold. Spring says the exercise puts the district on notice that painful cuts are coming. He describes every potential cut as "unconscionable" and a detriment to students. The second purpose is to let budget makers know more precisely what is most important to those who have a stake in the district - students, parents, and staff.