Schenectady City School District holding budget workshops for residents

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Residents in the Schenectady City School
District are invited to attend budget development discussion workshops during the
first week of March.

The Schenectady City School District has been forced to cut more
than $30 million in 2014-15. Superintendent Larry Springs wants parents and
residents to participate in the exercise associated with making cuts within the
budget development process.

The workshops will take Schenectady stakeholders through the
process of reviewing options, considering the consequences and making cuts.
Spring will ask the groups who participate to study a workbook that outlines
all of the potential cuts, the action and the impact of each cut.

Each cut is assigned points based on how much money it would
save. The stakeholders will then be asked to review the entire workbook and
determine 100 points worth of cuts. These cuts will represent the $10 million
that the district needs to cut in order to balance the budget.

“Every action in this workbook has a detrimental impact on
students,” Spring said.  “The impact of cutting programs and services for
a population of students who are already underserved because of a lack of
funding is significant.” 

Spring will ask stakeholders as they consider cuts to think
about the needs of the district's student population. The workbook from which
stakeholders will select reductions includes everything from cutting
kindergarten classes to shortening the instructional day and reducing the
number of social workers to eliminating athletic, co-curricular programs and
elementary arts.

Spring believes the process will also encourage some
creative and “outside-the-box” thinking.

The first Budget Development Workshop will take place at 6
p.m. on Monday, March 3 at the Howe Early Childhood Education Center. The
second workshop is at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 at the Paige School.  

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