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Looming tax hikes face Niskayuna school district

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Niskayuna Central School District residents lobbied the Board of Education on Wednesday night not to increase class sizes or close any schools. More than 75 people showed up for a community budget forum at Van Antwerp Middle School — one of the schools that could close under one budget scenario as the district tries to close a $6 million gap between projected revenues and expenses next year. The current year’s budget is roughly $75 million. ...

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February 14, 2013
4:03 a.m.

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Vote NO to any tax increase!

February 14, 2013
7:17 a.m.

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I will vote yes to a tax increase! 4 years in a row of state aid cuts! We need to support our schools as best we can.

February 14, 2013
8:53 a.m.

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Notice how there's no discussion of cutting administrative staff? I guess that means each and every generously paid administrator is absolutely, unequivocally essential to the functioning of the school district. Nope, there's no fat there that could be cut, forget about it -- come on, say they were to cut the third assistant principal in charge of picking up locker room lint -- the school would simply collapse! Much better, instead, to cut a teacher, it's obvious. Trust us, we know what's best.

Better yet -- let's move to online learning, then we can get rid of even more teachers, yeah, that's the ticket.

February 14, 2013
11:13 a.m.

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Board member Mauro needs to get her priorities in line with the real world. Why is school spirit so important..isn't educting our children more important. Why does the district need four levels of sports..cut the modified level while keeping the other three..that would still keep the "school spirit" alive and well that Board member Mauro seems to feel it's so important.