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Buffalo Public Schools face nearly $90 million deficit

Posted at 11:19 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 23:19:29-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — While schools are dealing with unknowns surrounding COVID-19, Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash announced that the district is facing a nearly $90 million deficit after receiving information from the state.

In a virtual meeting with the board of education on Wednesday, the superintendent said balancing the budget by June 1, 2020, is a "main priority."

Dr. Cash says a budget deficit was anticipated. He also expressed concern over when the district would see financial help from the federal government.

School districts in the state have taken the guidance of Governor Andrew Cuomo, but Dr. Cash is concerned about making decisions every two weeks because it doesn't allow the ability to plan. He says if the school year could be completed early, it could save the district $30 million.

To watch the full Buffalo Public Schools Board meeting, click here.