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Schenectady school district struggles to find savings

$2.5M gap expected even if reorganization approved

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Closing the Oneida Middle School, restructuring the schedule at Schenectady High School and modifying the pre-kindergarten program would help trim roughly $4.5 million from the projected 2012-2013 budget, but still leave the district with a $2.5 million gap. The current year’s budget is $153.6 million. Superintendent John Yagielski said the maximum allowable increase to the levy under the state’s property tax cap means the district will need to decrease its budget by about 0.2 percent ...


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hodgkinst
March 8, 2012
12:25 a.m.

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Eliminate tax expenditures, they do not benefit society because they only subsidize behavior that would have been done anyway. Schools should not be in the business of adopting tax breaks for special interests. Adopt a broad tax base and collect more money with a lower rate.

2RIGBY4
March 8, 2012
6:17 a.m.

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If/when Oneida School closes, when does Ellis Hospital take it over for parking (if bldg. is demolished)/medical use?

2RIGBY4
March 8, 2012
6:30 a.m.

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It always is amazing that cuts of waste are always "found" when times are tough financially. They never seem to be found when all are riding the wave of prosperity, spending left/right with all living high off the taxpayers dole (economic stimulus?) Since they must exist during the high times (otherwise they could'nt be cut during the low times, heres a novel approach, do the cutting before the times get low and you just might save all the dollars ahead of time, thereby eliminating the waste in advance. The cuts that come must surely be beneficial/nescesary and don't impede the teaching programs, otherwise they would'nt be cut. So why do items to be cut then exist to begin with?

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