BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - It’s that time of year again, when the backpacks are packed and the buses are beginning their routes. Tuesday, it’s back to school in several districts across western New York. Many schools are facing tight budgets and parents are anxious to see what cutbacks may mean for students.
Several of the area’s largest and top-performing school districts head back to class Tuesday. Williamsville, last year’s top school, joins Cleveland Hill, Lake Shore and Hamburg in their back-to-school jitters.
Taxpayers in Hamburg are curious to see what this school year will bring, after the district
lost more than $470,000 in state aid due to a missed teacher evaluation deadline last January. Hamburg also suffered the loss of their school superintendent, Steven Achramovitch, when he resigned amid a controversial lawsuit involving a blogger.
School starts up Wednesday in Clarence and comes after an emotional summer of budget talks. For months, News 4 followed the district’s budget battle and after a first failed attempt, taxpayers agreed on a deal in June that raised taxes by 3.6 percent, slashed 33 teaching positions, 20 non-instructional jobs and 40 school clubs.
A group of parents and business leaders then formed the Clarence Schools Enrichment Foundation. The group raised money to make sure students would still have access to some of the programs that were lost under the budget. Also starting school Wednesday are Amherst, Cheektowaga, Sweet Home and Tonawanda.
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