CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - The next stage in the education battle will begin Tuesday as voters in some districts head back to the polls. From Niagara Wheatfield to Lew Port and many places in between, taxpayers are being asked to pay more or risk drastic cuts to their schools. Clarence is one of the districts in trouble.
The issue of balancing the school budget and providing students with the best education has been tough for school districts throughout the state. Clarence is just one of many districts that has residents returning for a re-vote Tuesday.
The new budget calls for a tax hike of 3.62 percent. To helps make up the $2.44 million difference between the budgets, about half of the high school and middle school extra curricular activities will be cut as well as 54 positions, with 33 of those being teaching and administrative jobs.
Last week a coalition of Clarence school groups came together to support this budget. They don't agree on some of the issues, but they say people need to come out and vote because the budget needs to pass.
Keep Clarence Schools Great's Matt Stock said, "We don't agree on agree on everything, we don't agree on approaches in all cases, but we all do agree that we need to have this vote pass, and that we need to move forward and continue to find those pieces of common ground and work on them in the future."
Because this budget is under the tax cap, the vote needs 50 percent plus one to pass. Voting runs from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Clarence High School. If the re-vote fails, there will be a contingency budget put into place with no tax increase and another $1.47 million in additional cuts needed.
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