Budget Gap Forces Niagara Wheatfield CSD to Make Tough Decisions

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 6:53 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 22, 2013 at 6:53 PM EDT


Niagara Falls, NY (WKBW) -A million dollar budget gap is forcing the Niagara Wheatfield School District to make some difficult decisions this year. One of the proposals is to eliminate kindergarten. Superintendent James Knowles says the district is evaluating all its options to try and close the $1 million budget gap but many non-mandated programs including sports, music and kindergarten could be on the chopping block. The school board president says the district is stretching every dollar but the main issue here is a reduction in state aid and an increase in retirement benefits.

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting this Wednesday at 6pm at the senior high school to further tackle this dilemma. Residents will vote on proposed budget May 21st.