West Irondequoit School District passes contingency budget

Updated: 07/08/2014 11:24 PM
Created: 07/08/2014 5:34 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

West Irondequoit School District officials held a meeting Tuesday to let the school community know how they would be making more than a million dollars in budget cuts.

Superintendent Jeff Crane calls this the most painful decision he has had to make. Last month, voters rejected the budget for a second time. A super majority was needed because the district wanted to go over the governor’s tax cap of two percent.

Parents and educators acknowledged that this will directly affect kids. This coming school year, there will be no more field trips. The district will also be cutting the high school drama and comedy, modified B sports for grades seventh and eighth, co-curricular clubs and others activities. 

Superintendent Jeff Crane, West Irondequoit Schools, said, “This will hurt the kids and that's not what I'm in this business to do. However, our goal is to maintain our academic excellence through this event, the fiscal integrity through this event.”

Colette Quaglia, parent, said, “I've got a sixth grader and a first grader starting in the fall and I was just so disheartened that their education was going to be kind of cut short.”

School officials tell News10NBC that several students are writing letters to the legislature to express how this is hurting them.

To learn how much these cuts are going to save the district, click here

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