Will Williamsville Make School Budget Cuts?

January 11, 2012 Updated Jan 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 11, 2012 Updated Jan 11, 2012 at 10:07 AM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY ( WKBW ) Western New York's number one school district is looking to make some painful cuts.

The Williamsville Board of Education met Tuesday night to talk about trimming $5.5 million dollars from next year's budget.

It is a hot button issue with parents in the district.

Parents, students, and teachers all had their chance to weigh in at a public meeting Tuesday night for the Williamsville Central School Districts.

Though no specific cuts have been proposed, officials started the process of narrowing down programs that are on the chopping block.

The Williamsville School Board members are facing about a $5 million dollar budget shortfall for next year due to reduced state aid and cost increases, meaning some painful decisions will need to be made.

School Superintendent Scott Martzloff identified about $11 million dollars in possible cuts, and asked board members to come up with a list of "untouchables" that they think should not be cut.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the Board came to an unofficial consensus to take off the chopping block kindergarten and language programs along with library services and alternative programs for struggling students.