Tonawanda News — That position was set to be eliminated after a retirement this year, but Edgerton and other district officials expressed concern about a reduction in instruction.
The board also discussed using the extra funds for student-centered equipment for the science, technology, engineering arts and math subjects. Officials have proposed providing sixth-graders with netbooks, as well as purchasing new projectors, a 3D printer, and providing for musical instrument repairs, among other pieces of equipment.
The current draft budget also includes investing in the teacher retirement system, which is currently underfunded by $225,498.
“What you want to be able to do is not have to face it in the coming years,” Hitzges said. “Position yourself now ... we have an opportunity with more state aid and the real property tax credit.”
The board will continue to review its options and meet next week to vote on a budget plan.
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