North Country school district able to avoid cuts
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MASSENA, N.Y. -- While many schools across the state are having to propose significant cuts and large tax hikes, one school district in the North Country was able to avoid that for the upcoming school year.
The Massena School District Superintendent says they spent the last three years planning ahead and over that time, they've made 45 position cuts.
Superintendent Roger Clough says Massena's Board of Education has been very proactive and committed to keeping class sizes small and protecting their unique programs. But there was still a gap, so residents will be voting Tuesday to approve a two percent tax levy increase.
"By using some of our fund balance and by the cuts we've made in previous years, we're able to at least not lay anyone off in the district," Clough said.
If the budget passes, Clough says the district will keep all of their teaching positions and all of their programs.