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Oneida City BOE considers cuts to 3 departments

The Oneida City School District Board of Education held a special session on March 30 in which members of the community voiced opinions on department cuts that were outlined in the district's budget.

The cuts being considered are in the music, English and home ec departments, and would result in the loss of one English teacher and one music teacher. The current home and careers teacher is retiring at the end of the school year and the school won't be hiring a replacement.

During the meeting, Samantha Savage, a sophomore, produced a petition of 350 signatures in protest of the home and careers cuts. In a letter, Savage said that home ec allows for creativity in the students. "It allows us to create something beautiful and meaningful," she said.

The proposed budget for 2009-10 is expected to be $39.1 million.

Superintendent Ron Spadafora said, "We're at about a .68 percent spending increase, which would put us at a 5.85 tax levy increase," He went on to say that the board is still working on getting it down to an acceptable increase. The target is to get it below 4 percent.

"We would have to reduce spending by an additional $267,000," Spadafora said.

The school board will make an announcement as to when a public forum will be held on the budget.

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