The Niagara Wheatfield School District's 2013-2014 budget is $3.1 million higher than the previous year. At a board meeting Wednesday night to come up with a way to address the budget shortfall, board member Christopher Peters made a comment that did not go over well with some parents.
"Parents in this school district do not care about their kid's education," said Peters.
His comment was followed by angry outbursts among the crowd of parents. The tension comes after Tuesday's vote on a 5.9 percent tax increase that was shot down. The budget was defeated by three votes.
With $63.6 million in expenses for the 2013-2014 school year - the large majority of that made up of salaries and benefits - the board is trying to come up with a new proposal to bring to taxpayers.
Here's the plan:
- 4.5 Percent Tax Levy
- Team of Middle School Teachers (increases class sizes to 30)
- Kindergarten cut to half day
- Elementary Music Program Eliminated
- Interscholastic Sports Eliminated
- Middle School Music Program Reduced
Those cuts save the district $783,000. An additional $487,000 will still need to be cut. Those reductions have yet to be identified but will be announced at a June 5th meeting.
Board member Richard Sirianni was the only person to vote against the new proposal.
The finalized proposal will be prepared for a vote on June 18, 2013.