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April 25, 2013

N-W opts not to cut kindergarten

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Tonawanda News — If the budget doesn’t cut kindergarten, music or sports, three non-mandated programs the district explored chopping to balance its budget, where did the $1 million come from? A combination of teacher retirements, reductions and layoffs will balance the plan, according to interim business manager Richard Hitzges.

Hitzges said the district can find about $415,000 in retirement savings alone, including eliminating one teaching position through attrition. Also cut is the ninth grade level of popular high school program Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering sequence of classes designed to prepare students for college classes.

Instituted in 2010-11, Project Lead the Way is expected to save $79,000, eliminating one teacher.

There will also be two elementary level and the equivalent of two middle school teachers also eliminated, along with six teacher aides, three cuts to the transportation department staff, a cleaner and several monitors.

“The budget is a balanced budget,” Hitzges told the board before it was adopted unanimously, 7-0.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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