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Oneida BOE considers more budget cuts

In a special budget meeting Wednesday evening, the Oneida Board of Education announced that cuts to two more positions are a possibility. They are already considering cuts to English and music positions.

Superintendent Ron Spadafora blamed the 4.7 percent drop in state aid as a factor in making the budget process tougher.

Among the additional proposed cuts are conferences, BOCES substitute service, athletics, field trips and equipment and supplies.

Oneida resident Mike DeBottis said that the cost to keep three teachers with benefits amounts to no more than the cost of a fast food hamburger each week.

"Why would you want to put half a Whopper Jr. in front of the education of the kids? I've seen what one teacher can do for hundreds of kids, and I would hate to see that one teacher go," DeBottis explained.

The group of residents at the meeting were more in support of a higher tax levy than letting any of the districts teachers go.

"Unfortunately this is a group of 25 to 30, so it's hard to see what the feelings of the public are as a whole," said Spadafora.

The regular board meeting will take place on April 13.

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