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Oneida City BOE adopts $39.1 million budget

In a meeting Tuesday night, the Oneida City School Board of Education adopted a $39.1 million budget which includes proposed cuts to modified sports and home economics, among others.

Other cuts proposed are media library specialist in addition to English and Music.

The vote was four to two on the budget, with two of the Board members uneasy about the proposal.

"I wanted a little more time to figure out how we could maybe mix some things around, or add things back," said board member Mickey Moore.

"I'm not ready to make that commitment yet,I need more information," she went on to say.

The tax increase for a $100,000 home would be about $73 per year. Superintendent Ron Spadafora said the estimated school tax for a home of that price would be $1,962 per year.

Denise Sorrentino, the current home economics teacher who will be retiring at the end of the school year made a statement on behalf of the 350 students who petitioned to keep the program.

"In today's society, nutrition and proper food preparation are more important than ever," she said. "Home economics teaches life skills, skills that will be used by students throughout their lives."

Spadafora said that while there are proposed cuts, no one program will be cut completely. Sports may have one less event, and certain departments might have to go without equipment and supplies.

The next Board of education meeting will be held April 26 at 7 p.m.

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