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Saranac Lake High School. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rschott/">Ron Schott</a>, some rights reserved.
Saranac Lake High School. Photo: Ron Schott, some rights reserved.

Saranac Lake School District faces deep cuts

The Saranac Lake Central School District is facing a budget shortfall of more than $1 million and is considering cuts that could include 25 teachers and teacher-assistants. That's according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

The newspaper reports that Saranac Lake superintendent Diane Fox described the budget as a case of "shared sacrifice."

If the spending plan is enacted, Fox says class sizes would still be held at 25 pupils per classroom.

The Enterprise reports that school board budget meetings are scheduled for April 2 and 9.  Go to full article
SNAP benefits sign at a farmers market. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/4712301777/">mswine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
SNAP benefits sign at a farmers market. Photo: mswine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Hunger groups ask Schumer to block food stamp cuts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Anti-hunger groups are calling on New York Sen. Charles Schumer to block cuts to food stamps.

Anti-hunger activists have launched a statewide campaign urging Schumer to vote against any farm bill that includes cuts in food stamp funding. They also want Schumer to push to restore recent cuts.  Go to full article
Border patrol vehicles await the bus in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein
Border patrol vehicles await the bus in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein

Sequester means fewer agents along Canadian border

The union representing border patrol agents says it's being unfairly targeted for spending cuts under the sequester, and that there will be less of a law enforcement presence along the North Country's border with Canada.  Go to full article
It came down to that the only thing left to cut was programs and people.

In face of budget cuts, county health departments must make tough choices

Cuts in federal and state aid and a potential 2% property tax cap mean North Country County public health departments are facing some tough choices. What those choices are likely to be is just now starting to come out as the departments are beginning to formulate their budgets for next year.  Go to full article
We want our governor to make sure that the money is in the budget to protect the children!

Tax the rich or cuts to schools?

The state budget is due in just three weeks. Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed deep cuts to New York public schools and districts here in the North Country are contemplating widespread teacher lay-offs. But a coalition of activists and educators say the state's highest income earners should pay more taxes to fund education programs and other state spending. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Teachers union launches ads

A major New York State union is going on the air with televisions ads to try to convince state lawmakers to continue a tax on the wealthy instead of adopting Governor Cuomo's billion and half dollars in school aid cuts. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article
Once you use that money to pay for your fuel oil and your electric bill what do you do the next year?

North Country schools say cash reserves can't cover Cuomo cuts

A report released last week by the state Education Department estimates that 74 percent of school districts outside of New York City have a big enough fund balance to pay for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed state aid cuts.

The numbers show that districts have about $1.16 billion in their reserve accounts, along with a little more than $355 million in federal stimulus funds leftover from last year.

But opponents of Cuomo's budget cuts say that's just not true.

They claim the aid cuts will force thousands of teacher layoffs and result in increased taxes, especially in poor North Country districts.

Chris Morris has our story.  Go to full article

Disabilities advocates fear funding cuts

Governor Paterson's deficit reduction plan is facing opposition from many groups who rely on government funding. People with disabilities have been keeping a vigil in Albany since last week to protest proposed cuts. St. Lawrence County NYSARC didn't send anyone to Albany to join in because they couldn't afford it, says Daphne Pickert, the group's executive director. NYSARC provides services to 650 people with disabilities and employs almost 600 people in St. Lawrence County alone. Pickert told David Sommerstein the 10% proposed cuts would leave her with no choice but to cut programs and jobs.  Go to full article

Corning lays off 34; union questions timing

Labor is criticizing the timing of layoffs at the Corning plant in Canton. The high-tech glassmaker is cutting 34 jobs at the same time the plant will shut down for two weeks over the holidays to save money. The union says workers will essentially lose their jobs three days before Christmas. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Students in Franklin Co. BOCES programs
Students in Franklin Co. BOCES programs

School Programs Face Cuts ? Again

Throughout the North Country, school administrators are grappling with devastating preliminary budgets for next year. They're dealing with falling state aid and rising costs. They're considering cutting programs, laying off teachers, closing school buildings, and still may propose tax levy increases in the 20% range. Last spring David Sommerstein profiled two programs in Malone that faced cuts. This year is no different. Here's that story.  Go to full article

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