Fonda-Fultonville voters approve school budget on the second go
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Fonda-Fultonville budget has gotten the approval it needed.
With 668 voters approving and 483 voting no, voters passed a budget that will cut 25 staff members throughout the district, as well as 30 classes. It includes the elimination of modified sports and the freezing of union salaries.
This comes after residents voted against the original $24 million budget proposal last month. Board members reduced the budget from $24.5 million to $23.9 million.
"I’ve worked my entire time here to increase opportunities for students and maintain opportunities and up to this point we've been successful, even though the last two years were also reduced budgets, we didn’t have any reduced opportunities and this year we weren’t able to do that," said Superintendent James Hoffman.
Hoffman says the massive cuts are a result of state aid not being restored and the stimulus and federal jobs money running out.