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Schenectady school board adopts budget


SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Schenectady school board adopted a budget for the 2013-2014 school year Wednesday night. In a particularly hard budget year the school district looked to close a near $10 million budget gap.

One of the proposed cuts in the superintendent's budget is to cut around 100 staff positions including some teachers and paraprofessionals. The district is also looking to increase class sizes.

"I know they have to save money somewhere but there are other ways to do it beside taking it out on the kids," said Lisa Fulner, a paraprofessional and mother of a band student.

The music program is something the board also considered cutting at the kindergarten and middle school levels to save money.

"Cuts for music department is a terrible idea," Fulner said.

The board was able to adjust and restore the music program by restoring three music positions.  A last minute decision also restored two librarian positions.  

The budget will be voted on May 21st.


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