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Ken-Ton budget meeting tonight to include update on Ken East football

Will the Kenmore East High School football team, which is struggling to fill its roster, accept players from a charter school located in the district?

Athletic Director Brett Banker is scheduled to provide an update of the Ken East football program tonight during a budget work session of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board.

Banker has proposed a merger with the Charter School for Applied Technologies as a way to supplement the Kenmore East roster. The team would be known as the Kenmore East/CSAT Bulldogs and the merger would have to be renewed annually. But School Board members have expressed concerns about partnering with a charter school, which competes for students and funding.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Franklin Middle School, 540 Parkhurst Blvd.

There will also be an update on the status of the district’s 2016-17 budget and an opportunity for two-way communication with the board about the budget.

The budget deficit stood at nearly $4.4 million at the last budget work session on Feb. 29, with much of that due to a loss of tax revenue from the retirement of the Huntley Station power plant.