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Your schools, your vote: Williamsville

In today's report from our series, "Your schools, your vote," Denise Jewell Gee takes a close look at the Williamsville school district.

Tumult in Williamsville district leads to call for unity, healing

Here's an excerpt:

On Tuesday, residents will decide how the district moves forward. They will select a third of the nine-member board. They will determine whether the district is taking the right course by restoring some budget cuts made in recent years, and they will choose whether the district will spend $50 million on school renovations and athletic field upgrades.

This all means a far different school election in Williamsville than residents have seen in recent years.

“When I ran for School Board back in 2008, actually, it was good times in Williamsville public schools. I don’t think there were any issues and problems that were large,” said Mark Mecca, a school psychologist in the Buffalo Public Schools running for one of the three seats. “… I couldn’t imagine a scenario where 350 parents, students and teachers would be outside of a board meeting protesting.”

And hey it's Thursday so let's throwback to the other stories we've had. Just click the headline to read:

May 12:

School spending proposals vary as state aid increases

May 13:

Lancaster School District has tough sell to divided community

and

Vacant School Board seat, but no candidates emerge in Iroquois district

And check out Denise's cool interactive graphic that show's how local taxpayers have been picking up more of the tab when it comes to schools.

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