CITY OF TONAWANDA —
According to Director of Special Education Amy Edgerton, 21 students with special needs have moved into the district since July 1.
But seven of those students can’t be served by the district and need to be bused out to other placements.
However, Edgerton said the contingency transportation budget for this academic year was removed due to the 10 percent cut request from the board.
The board didn’t respond positively to Edgerton’s news.
“We told you to cut it if you could,” board member Sharon Stuart said. “It was just a request.”
Edgerton said she is scheduling anniversary meetings with students to evaluate their progress, in hopes that some would be able to come back in the district, thereby reducing transportation costs.
One special education tenured teaching position was also abolished at the October meeting and that saved money may help. The decision to cut the position came as a result of a reduced class size in a 6-1-1 classroom.
Board President Jackie Smilinich said the board hasn’t made any decisions on the budget for the 2013-2014 year, and it’s not clear whether the contingency budget will be reinstated.
Perry also said he has met with Mayor Ron Pilozzi to discuss instating shared service agreements, including one for health care.
“It could possibly save us money,” he said.
Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.