The strings program serves about 235 kids from all six elementary school buildings, according to Dr. David Morton, director of social studies and fine arts.
Morton said that more than 1,000 kids become involved in the annual Festival of Arts program.
Before the discussion was concluded, Board of Education President Pat Carbone reminded everyone that next year could be even worse and that programs or positions that were saved this year, may not make it into the 2011-12 district budget.
If the public approves the tax rate and budget in May, the district can decide how to direct any additional funding it may acquire between now and August, during which time the tax levy will be officially set.
The current district budget, as of April 12 is set at approximately $1,482,366. Since Feb. 22, when budget work began, the district has cut $8.7 million from its shortfall.
The Board of Education will vote on whether or not these figures will be placed on the ballot for the public's approval at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 15 at Gillette Road Middle School.
Attached photo taken by Star-Review Editor Farah Jadran Pike during the North Syracuse Board of Education's special meeting held at 7 p.m. April 12.