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Proposed $2.5m cut for B'ville schools

Baldwinsville Central school district faces a $2.5 million reduction in state aid should Gov. David Paterson's proposed executive budget pass.

In an effort to eliminate a current-year shortfall of $1.7 billion and a 2009-10 deficit of $13.7 billion, the governor delivered details of his 2009-10 New York State executive budget yesterday with major cuts including a 3.3 percent cut ($698 million) state-wide in educational aid.

"Change is unavoidable, and the proposals I have put forward begin the difficult process of adapting to a new fiscal reality," Patterson said.

With $34.8 million in aid from the state for the 2008-09 fiscal year, the possibility of a $2.5 million reduction is an issue that officials are already taking into account.

"We are in the process of building the 2009-10 budget, and we will examine every possible avenue to reduce spending and obtain alternate sources of revenue," said Michael Shusda, assistant superintendent for management services.

Although it is too early to have specifics about the cuts, Shusda said the proposal would not affect the $26 million capital project Baldwinsville residents approved yesterday because the proposal did not reduce aid for capital projects.

"We are confident that the aid on the $26 million project will be paid over the period of 2011-2025," Shusda said.

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