Updated 05/16/2012 06:54 PM
Unadilla Valley facing cuts after budget rejection
The Unadilla Valley Central School District must make a new budget for the coming school year. The original spending plan was defeated Tuesday night because it did not receive a 60 percent super majority. Our Melissa Kakareka tells us what cuts could be made in the district because of the vote.
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NEW BERLIN, N.Y. - The Unadilla Valley Central School District has made several cuts to its programs over the past few years. And it turns out the coming school year will be no different.
The school's proposed budget was defeated Tuesday night because it did not receive the super majority it needed to exceed the state's tax cap.
"We felt that it was appropriate to let the community have one opportunity in that vote yesterday to go above the cap and not make any further cuts to programs," said Unadilla Valley Superintendent Bob Mackey.
Now, the district can either adopt its proposed contingency budget right way, which includes cuts to all athletics and clubs. Or it can send an alternative budget with other program cuts to voters in June.
"We will discuss things like, continued college prep electives and non-college prep electives in the middle and high school. We will discuss the remaining sports we have left, clubs, we will discuss things like summer programs, summer swim, summer school, conferences," said Mackey.
With so many potential cuts now on the table, school officials are worried about the negative impact it may have on the kids.
"Our concern is that as we continue with the cuts, we're going to fall short. We're not going to reach our goal of 100 percent graduation, meeting or exceeding New York State standards, we're going to have a very difficult time getting kids college credits in high school," said Mackey.
Still the district says it is committed to finding the best possible solution for its students as it figures out how to move forward from here.
"I'm gonna still say we're headed to the top to be one of the best schools in the state, unfortunately, we've hit a speed bump and we have to figure out how to get around it," said Mackey.
There are about 900 students in the Unadilla Valley Central School District.