Williamsville Holds Last School Budget Hearing

March 23, 2011 Updated Mar 23, 2011 at 5:53 PM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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March 23, 2011 Updated Mar 23, 2011 at 5:53 PM EDT

Town of Amherst, N.Y. (WKBW) -- Big budget cuts at the state level are making local school districts take a hard look their budgets for the next school year. The Williamsville School District held its last budget hearing Tuesday night before it makes its final proposal. Dozens of teachers, students and parents turned out to fight off possible cuts to the areas they want saved. Instructors from the Home and Careers department want to see smaller cuts made to more areas.

Several parents and students want to save a program that has kids learning a foreign language as early as fifth grade. Administrators and board members have been weighing how to balance state aid cuts and mandatory expenses with a desire to keep as many programs as possible intact. The board is scheduled to adopt the final version of next years budget on April 12th. A budget hearing and a district wide vote will take place in May.