FONDA, N.Y. - Local schools are struggling to make ends meet and across the state school districts are facing another difficult budget year.
It is the students in the Fonda Fultonville School District that will see the impact of deep budget cuts the school board will be forced to make for next year. "We are at a tipping point," said Interim School Superintendent Pat Michel.
Lindsai Chesebro is a mother of two young children in the school district. "It scares me that they might be losing out," she said.
The school board is weighing all their options. "Unfortunately, we are looking at spring sports. Cuts will have to be made," explained school board member Linda Wzolek.
The cuts come as a result of a zero fund balance and a $1.7 million budget shortfall in next year's school budget. "We want to go forward as we've tried to have the least effect on student body," Wzolek added.
"This all falls back in the fact that there is a property tax cap in place and promised mandate relief funds were not made available," Michel explained.
The board will review everything from school transportation, to extra curricular activities, and even shutting down the pool to see where they can cut costs.