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Niskayuna board of education discusses a revised school budget


NISKAYUNA, N.Y. - One hour of public comment, followed by a hour long budget presentation is what the board of education and residents listened to on Tuesday night.

The framework for a revised budget was looked at, as well as the drastic cuts that could occur if the budget doesn't pass for the second time.

But some of the same people who admittedly voted no last week say they don't want to vote no again.

"I'm hopeful, with this new board coming in and our vote on another budget, which I too, want to be able to vote for," says resident Carolyn Wall. "I want to see these kids get a good education, I believe in education. But things have to change."

For the next vote, the board is considering a 3.95 percent tax levy increase, outsourcing bus transportation and eliminating seven full time positions.

But the board also looked beyond June 18th. If a revised budget doesn't pass, a contingency budget will go into place, which will mean the loss of 28 full time positions, all levels of athletics, 10 AP classes and a return to half-day kindergarten.

"Nothing could be more important than the community of Niskayuna sitting in here and listening to this board work together tonight and perhaps over the next couple of nights to adopt a budget which the community of Niskayuna can support," says superintendent Susan Salvaggio.

The board of education will meet again Wednesday night in an effort to adopt a budget.

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