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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
Tupper Lake isn't alone in its struggles.  Newcomb Superintendent Skip Hults is struggling to find cuts that balance his school's budget while garnering enough political support in his tiny community. NCPR file photo
Tupper Lake isn't alone in its struggles. Newcomb Superintendent Skip Hults is struggling to find cuts that balance his school's budget while garnering enough political support in his tiny community. NCPR file photo

General Brown, Minerva, Newcomb, Tupper Lake pass school budgets

Four school districts across the North Country saw their budgets approved by voters yesterday in a second round of balloting.

General Brown, Minerva, Newcomb and Tupper Lake all saw their first spending plans rejected last month, in part because they exceeded the state property tax cap.  Go to full article
In fact, our quarrel shouldn't be with one another. It should be with our state legislators and our governor.

State budget squeezes school Pre-K programs

When New York State first started funding universal pre-kindergarten programs, educators and policy-makers cited studies that showed the early schooling was a big plus for children. Some 14 years later, the educational impacts of pre-K are still recognized, and more parents are enrolling their kids.

However, budget-crunched New York hasn't increased pre-K funding, and with local districts reluctant to pick up the slack, some children are being shut out. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article
I had two very upset kids come home and say the sky is falling...

Canton parents alarmed by school cuts

A group of Canton Central School parents is pulling together a meeting tonight to consider how best to advocate for a bigger share of state education aid.

Superintendent William Gregory told the school board last week that Canton Central might need to cut 44 jobs next school year.

Gregory predicted cuts in teaching positions would mean larger class sizes: up to 30-to-40 students per classroom. Sports, elective classes, and extracurricular programs are all threatened.  Go to full article
We’re asking the governor and the legislature to revisit these draconian cuts.

Teachers launch their own statewide tour

Education groups, including the New York State United Teachers union, taking a cue from Governor Andrew Cuomo, have launched their own statewide tour to draw attention to teacher lay offs and school program cuts that they say are a result of school aid cuts in the state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
A tax cap is the worst thing that could happen. It would prevent local communities from being able to save their schools.

Both tax cap sides claim victory after school votes

Both supporters and opponents of a 2% property tax cap say the record high passage of school budgets in New York Tuesday proves their case. Karen DeWitt has reaction from Albany.  Go to full article

School Budget Votes Today

Voters in New York have the opportunity to vote on their local school budgets today. Schools say extra aid from the Governor and legislature this year have helped keep costs down to property taxpayers. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Local Schools Fear Invisible Costs

Martha Foley has the regional view on today's school budget votes.  Go to full article

Most School Budgets Pass (no audio)

With the help of an on-time budget from the state legislature, most north country school districts were able to pass their own budgets in state-wide voting yesterday.
There were a few exceptions. Indian Lake and Warrensburg saw their spending plans defeated. In Clinton County, Beekmantown voters rejected a spending plan that would have included a 12.7 percent increase.
Voters turned down the St. Lawrence Central School budget as well. It called for a 26.8 percent increase in the tax levy.
Those districts will have the chance to craft a new budget and hold a second vote. Or they can adopt a lean contingency budget.
School districts which had struggled to pass budgets in recent years saw success yesterday. Peru and St. Regis Falls both passed spending plans that will include extra money for new buses.  Go to full article
Regent Jim Dawson
Regent Jim Dawson

North Country Regent on School Budgets

While Albany haggles over how to reform education aid, school superintendents have more bad news about their budgets for next year. From Carthage to Crown Point, school budget projections call for teacher cuts, reduced athletic and extracurricular programs, even school closings, while still asking for double digit tax increases. Jim Dawson is the northern New York representative to the state board of Regents, which sets education policy in New York. He spoke with David Sommerstein during a visit to Massena. He says the Regents are calling for an $880 million increase in state aid to schools.  Go to full article

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