Local school district looking at drastic cuts

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School districts across New York have proposed higher budgets to voters to fill funding gaps. School districts like the Johnstown district are facing dire cuts if their proposals aren’t met.

Programs like sports and electives could be on the chopping block due to a financial hole in the school district’s budget.

“We don’t have enough revenue, you know, income to help pay for all of our expenses,” said Superintendent Partica Killburn.

Killburn said increasing the school’s tax must be done in order to keep the programs going.

“Since 2012, we’ve been using our savings, our fund balance, to fund our budget gap and you can only do that for so many years before the clock runs out,” Killburn said.

In 2009, an elementary school closed to help with funding issues followed by cuts to programs from other schools and teaching positions. The school tax hasn’t increased in years, and the school district is asking for a 50 percent hike.

In a recent community forum, residents were asked which programs they value in order to decide which ones to keep. The superintendent says the budget will be presented to the community by mid-April.

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