CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - Some painful cuts are about to hit Clarence, where taxpayers rejected a school budget that would have raised taxes by almost 10 percent.
On top of the $2.45 million in cuts the district now needs to make, there were already $1.8 million cuts built into the initial budget rejected by taxpayers. Tuesday night, the Clarence School Board broke down where those millions of dollars in cuts will be coming from.
Of the $2.45 million in additional cuts with the new budget, in all, 29 positions will be eliminated. Nineteen of those positions are teaching and administrative, saving the district $1.7 million. Ten other positions will be cut from non-instructional personnel, saving the district $413,000. And $328,000 will be cut from non-personnel costs.
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Given the existing $1.8 million in cuts, in all, 53 positions will be eliminated at Clarence schools. The cuts will impact modified and all freshmen sports. And the cuts equate to a heavier workload for some, like school counselors, who will each have 330 students to watch out for.
Some say the tax increases in the initial budget would have amounted to little - around $14 per household. But others still disagreed, saying the district needs to cut more and get teachers' salaries and pensions in line.
Another budget hearing will be held on June 10 and then voters head to the polls June 18 to vote on the new budget.
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