Alden School Superintendent Thomas E. Boedicker Thursday night listed several reductions that could be used to decrease the proposed $16,859,000 budget by $681,000.
However, these would involve deep cuts in courses, field trips, assemblies, health services, office staffing and equipment as well as in materials and supplies for the maintenance department.
The projected $1.4 million increase over the current budget is due, Boedicker said, to the cost of maintenance equipment, increased staffing with the need for 5.9 full-time teaching positions, special education costs and new buses.
The budgetary item of transportation was acted upon with the board voting for a bond anticipation note of $397,000 over a 10-year period. This would cost taxpayers $40,000 a year and decrease the current budget figure by $136,000 and provide much-needed buses.
The board will meet again at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday and is scheduled to adopt the budget May 5.