Updated 05/16/2012 06:44 PM
Parents react to Elmira's budget failure
It's back to square one for the Elmira City School District. Because the district's budget failed Tuesday night, administrators and the school board have to come up with a backup plan. And as our Lara Greenberg tells us, some parents are as frustrated as the administrators, but not all that surprised.
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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- For these Elmira students, the 2012-2013 school year could look very different. The district has to re-do its budget since it failed by six percent Tuesday night.
"Are you surprised that it failed?" we asked.
"I'm not surprised just because of the taxpayers and stuff."
Elmira needed a supermajority of 60 percent plus one to pass the budget. That's because they raised the tax levy five percent, which is more than the tax cap. But only 54 percent voted to pass the budget. Most parents say they're not surprised.
"People cannot afford the taxes anymore. They just can't afford. A lot of them are on fixed incomes. Jobs are leaving," said Diane Rodabaugh, a grandparent.
But they are disappointed.
"The kids need their music and art and it's just sad that teachers got to get cut when the kids need this," said parent Marissa Reed.
"I'm not surprised but kind of disappointed because I don't want them to cut programs and such for my kids," said parent Bernadette Pack.
Superintendent Joe Hochreiter spent the day meeting with other superintendents and lawyers to determine what their next move will be. Whatever it is, parents are just hoping their children will continue to get the education they say they deserve.
"We do have a good system. And I don't want to see it go downhill when we're up on top," said parent Holley Young.
With the failed budget, at least 15 more teaching positions will be cut. That's in addition to the 111 cuts that are already planned.