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Schenectady school board approves budget

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Schenectady City School District school board approved a proposed budget Wednesday night.

The school board held a meeting Wednesday night to vote on a proposed budget to close the $1.3 million budget gap. The board had previously considered cutting programs such as athletics, but students, parents and teachers opposed that idea.

Students like Zaisha were so concerned about the budget cuts that she urged the board not to take away programs that have helped her.

"I'm here because I'm concerned about the budget cut," she said. "My concern is about programs being taken away."

The board had already made reductions totaling $3.3 million. They faced an even tougher decision on whether to programs that aren't federal mandated such as sports, music and arts to close the remaining $1.2 million gap.

The board said residents would have to face a tax increase to preserve the programs though some parents did not like the idea of having to pay more.

Ultimately, board members agreed upon a $164,304,428 budget with a 2.75 percent tax increase to preserve athletic programs, music and arts. The district is still left with a $462,000 gap, but they believe they can make up for it through other reductions such as losing Friday late bus and eliminating a flex music program.

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