NISKAYUNA, N.Y. – Niskayuna residents gathered Tuesday night to discuss the 2013-2014 school budget. The budget is up for a revote June 18th.
The initial $7.6 million budget failed during the May 21st vote. The budget went above the New York state tax cap and included consolidating two middle schools and shuttering an elementary school.
The newly revised budget has set the tax levy increase below the cap at 3.9 percent but will still include many cuts. In addition to cutting school programs, the budget also includes a $200,000 plan to outsource transportation leading the district's bus drivers to consider filing a lawsuit against the district.
If the newest budget fails to pass, then by law it will go into a contingency plan requiring an additional $2 million reduction in spending. Programs that are at risk of closure include all athletics, returning to half-day kindergarten, some music programs, AP electives and staff cuts.
The Board of Education will be holding another meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.