March 9, 2011

Budget Woes - 

The Schodack Central School District is working and re-working the budget for the upcoming school. Right off the bat, talks of cuts strike fear into the community;  

The possibility of a 2% Property Tax Levy Cap Could Impact Our Educational Program with:
  • Higher student class size
  • Fewer course offerings and electives
  • Less instructional support across the District
  • Reduction in non-instructional support positions
  • Reduction of non-mandated programs and services
  • Greater reliance on the use of one-time reserves and fund balance to support the  budget
    •  While tax relief is always a sweet indulgence for politicians during troubled economic times, imposing a property tax cap will have significant implications for local school districts, which have already shed programs, jobs and even buildings for the last two years.

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