Area Districts to Vote on School Budgets

September 27, 2013 Updated May 19, 2010 at 7:11 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 19, 2010 at 7:11 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- With New York State proposing over $1 billion in cuts to school aid, many area school boards are forced to make cuts of their own for next years budget.

A number of district budgets will be voted on Tuesday, with several districts planning to lay off teachers and staff and even close some schools. A number of programs are on the chopping block, from modified sports to various other activities, while also proposing tax increases.

Twenty-two jobs are being cut in the Lake Shore School District, while in East Aurora, staff and teachers are volunteering to work two days without pay.

Voters will hit the polls throughout the day Tuesday to decide the fate of these budget proposals. If voted down, however, superintendents caution that contingency budgets can ofter be much worse.

The New York State School Boards Association reports that statewide teacher layoffs could be close to 15,000, while staff layoffs could reach 2,600.