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Schenectady schools chief hikes tax levy to restore cuts

Spring: $522K for arts, libraries

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After an outcry about a proposed cut in music and art classes for the youngest students in Schenectady’s schools, Superintendent Laurence Spring offered a new plan Wednesday. He proposed adding a 1 percent tax levy increase to the $158.5 million budget for 2013-14. That would raise $522,000, which would restore most of the cuts to art, music and the elementary libraries. But kindergartners would still have no specialized art or music classes. Currently every elementary ...

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April 11, 2013
10:39 a.m.

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I can't believe that schools keep those dinosaur libraries open. The cost is horrendous compared to supplying computer labs stocked with monitors and key boards. No more annual upgrades to all the books that frequently go out of style.
I have a novel idea; merge all the offices and administrations through out the county so all kids are on an equal playing field.
Are the kids in Niskayuna or Glenville more special than the ones in Mariaville or Schenectady??

April 12, 2013
6:35 a.m.

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"the district has now cut $300,000 more than it needs. That means that something can be put back into the budget." Here's a novel idea - DON'T use the money and cut another tiny percentage of a tax hike! There's no such thing as cutting more money from a budget than necessary! They spend too much money as it is! They need to cut more! MANY of us grew up with less art and music than students get now. And WE can read, write, hold a job and pay our taxes!