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COHOES, N.Y. -- The Cohoes Board of Education hosts a public meeting to discuss how to close the district's $2.1 million budget deficit for the upcoming school year.
The board held it’s second of several workshops, getting input from the community on how to create an affordable district.
Last year, the district eliminated 25 staff positions to help fill a gap of $1.8 million. The district's superintendent said that this is a continuous problem created by the state's lack of proper refunding of aid to school districts and that's putting many children at risk.
Bob Libby, Cohoes City School District Superintendent said, “We're very concerned about what we're doing. I did not become superintendent of schools to dismantle the programs I've helped build over the 19 years that I've been here. So we desperately need everybody working together to come up with appropriate solutions for Cohoes."
The board plans to hold five more workshops. No recommendations on how to fix the deficit have been made so far.