West Genesee school board adopts budget

"The wage freeze was a true showing of trust and support in our school community and I think the cuts that we had to make, while unfortunate, I think spread pretty evenly through every part of our organization," he said.

What's up for elimination

The budget calls for the elimination of three administrators - an assistant high school principal, an assistant principal intern at the high school and the athletic director.

Camillus Middle School assistant principal Mike Burns will take over the duties of athletic director for Anthony Pascale when he retires June 3. He will continue to serve as assistant principal. This change goes toward about $300,000 in savings from athletic programs. Modified sports teams will be combined, assistant coach positions will be reduced and game schedules will be shortened.

About $450,000 was saved by reducing fine arts programs. The adopted budget proposed cutting the third-grade string program, fourth-grade band and one year of middle-school art. Middle school students in band, orchestra and chorus will be removed from general music classes and high school art electives will be cut if there is a shortage of students enrolled or staffing is needed in other areas.

$100,000 was saved by reducing extra-curricular activities; $60,000 was saved by closing the teaching center. $200,000 was taken from the district's technology budget, $100,000 from utility expenses, and overtime costs were reduced by $15,000.

Aides and hallway assistants will be reduced, and high school electives will need at least 15 students or they will be removed. There will also be fewer issues of the school newsletter next year.

West Genesee, which now has 400 teachers, will have 21 less teachers next year. 8 1/2 of these lay-offs are due to declining enrollment or changes to programming, Brown said.

29 clerical staff, teacher aides and teacher assistants will be eliminated. In addition, the superintendent said he will work without a secretary.

Residents will have a chance to respond to the budget during a public hearing at 7 p.m. May 4 at the West Genesee High School library, 5201 W. Genesee St., Camillus. The budget vote is set for 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 17 in the high school auditorium.

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