|By Sandra Tan, The Buffalo News, N.Y.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But even with those cuts and an additional
Projected general fund expenses for
A community budget presentation was held Thursday night in the auditorium of
Chief Financial Officer
The district also had previously budgeted for the closure of alternative schools 40 and 44, and the termination of the district's
More recently, the district has also recommended:
The elimination of the cosmetic surgery rider would require union agreements.
The district is offering to provide monetary health benefit cards to members of the
As noted by the district last month, the cosmetic surgery rider cost taxpayers
The separate retirement incentive would give teachers a one-time bonus for retiring and withdrawing from the district's health insurance coverage. Those who take the incentive would also receive annual payouts until age 65.
The equivalent of 712 full-time special-education teachers currently work in the
Under the new plan, she said, the district will have special-education teachers co-teach no fewer than five special-needs students when they are mainstreamed in general-education classrooms.
Special-education children in kindergarten through sixth grades who are placed in general-education classrooms would also receive co-teaching assistance in the subjects of English and math only, she said.
Smith, the financial officer, said she estimated about 75 special-education positions would be cut from the budget as a result of this change. Other administrators said it was too early to know if those cuts would result in layoffs since the teachers could be reassigned elsewhere.
Finally, Brown said she's also recommending some budget increases, including
"We know we have some work to do in order for the administration to come into full compliance with the commissioner's recommendations," Brown said.
Regarding the remaining
Brown said her five-year Strategic Plan was the guiding force in developing next year's budget. She said in allocating the limited resources the district has, the goal was "to keep as many cuts as far away from the classroom as possible."
The final budget is slated for adoption on
To view a copy of the district's budget presentation, visit the
email: [email protected]
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