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Cuts needed in Niskayuna

By Michael Goot
Thursday, March 28, 2013
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The Niskayuna Board of Education formally voted late Wednesday night to take the option of closing a school off the table as the district faces a $6 million gap between revenues and expenses. Among the options had been to close an elementary school or one of the two middle schools.

However, district officials said should the budget not be approved by voters, it would have to consider the possibility of closing a school in a revised budget vote.

An updated copy of the Niskayuna Budget presentation for the 2013-2014 school year is available below.

In addition, the board made further trims after the Gazette’s publication deadline on Wednesday. The revised tax levy increase stands at 7.16 percent, which is over the district’s tax levy cap of about 4.7 percent and would require approval of 60 percent of voters.

Earlier this week the board restored some cuts and indicated they'll likely exceed the tax cap.

The school board will meet again on April 9 to examine the budget.

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Niskayuna 2013-14 Budget Development

 
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March 29, 2013
7:57 a.m.

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birmy says...

"Major elements include nearly $1 billion more for schools, about a 4-percent average increase". Some schools received double digit increases and other schools get education pork from their favorite hometown politician.
Niskayuna is getting less money than it was 4 years ago. Niskayuna received .75% increase over last year's inadequate funding. So if the home's are worth more in Niskayuna than other communities I suppose we can raise taxes even higher in Niskayuna so a homeowner can pay a higher percentage of taxes on a higher assessed home AND GET LESS STATE AID FOR THEIR SCHOOL.
School funding needs to be rethought. I don't see how funding Niskayuna schools is bad for the future. Niskayuna is a very high performing school district. Would a business owner provide inadequate funding for a well run and managed department of his business?

 

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