Tax hike planned in Schenectady City School District
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.
A recent survey about budget priorities in the community is available below.
Currently every elementary student — including kindergartners — gets 40 minutes of art and music twice a week, school officials said. They had proposed cutting that to once a week, or simply eliminating special classes for K-2 students.
But school board members, parents and teachers opposed the move.
A full story on the proposed tax increase is available HERE.
Board members may vote on the final plan at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Schenectady High School.
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