Niskayuna school board holds public input meeting
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NISKAYUNA, N.Y. -- The Niskayuna School Board heard new options in trying to bridge their $6 million budget gap for next year.
In a meeting Tuesday at Van Antwerp Middle School, leaders presented options to help shape the board's budget decisions in the weeks to come.
This year, the district's superintendent discussed possibly closing Van Antwerp Middle School or a yet to be named elementary school to help balance their 2013-2014 budget.
But before any decisions are made, leaders went back to the budget, trying to omit other things to keep all schools in the district open. That includes cuts to programs, classes and staff that would save the school district more than a million dollars.
"I'm most concerned with the programs changing. I want my children to get the same quality education. I want my children to have the same options as when we moved in this district," parent Mary Beth Arcidiacono said.
Some cost cutting options discussed include eliminating modified sports, cutting foreign language programs and ending full day kindergarten.
This meeting was just for input on the budget. The board will still make a final decision on the budget, in the weeks to come.