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SCHOOL DISTRICTS STRUGGLE
TO BALANCE BUDGETS

Alden – District is deciding whether to override tax cap to bridge $800,000 gap.

Amherst – Teachers agreed to freeze salaries and step increases next year, but the district still needs to meet a budget gap of nearly a half million dollars.

Clarence – Closing a structural deficit of $4 million could involve reducing at least two dozen positions.

Cheektowaga-Sloan – Teachers have agreed to a freeze in wages and step increases next year to help keep taxes under the cap, but there still is a $200,000 gap.

EastAurora – Nearly 16 teaching positions might be cut, causing bigger class sizes, and some sports could be reduced to close a $1 million gap.

Frontier – District is considering dozens of staff cuts, larger class sizes, possible athletic program cuts, and fewer field trips and assemblies to reduce a budget gap of nearly $4 million.

Grand Island – No decisions have been made yet on how to close a gap of nearly $7 million between expenditures and revenues, but there will be cuts.

Kenmore-Townof Tonawanda – Trying to overcome a deficit that now stands at $9.1 million, voters will decide in April whether to sell a school and to change busing qualifications.

Lancaster – A state aid increase is helping to lower the gap caused when the federal stimulus money ran out to $1.2 million.

Lockport – District is looking at 15 retirements and abolishing nine positions to save more than $700,000.

Maryvale – District is offering a teachers' retirement incentive; needs to find $341,000 in cuts before finalizing the budget.

NiagaraFalls – District is hoping for an extra $1.2 million in state aid, as well as $750,000 in slot machine revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino to avoid raising taxes.

NiagaraWheatfield – District is asking for shared sacrifice in closing a nearly $10 million budget gap, with a plan that could eliminate more than 60 staff positions.

Orchard Park – District would have to cut $328,700 to get below the tax cap.

Springville – Elimination of 10 percent of the work force and increases in class sizes is considered the best option, versus other options that would lay off more workers and cut more services but carry lower taxes.

Starpoint – District is looking to reduce the budget by $1.5 million to come in under the tax cap.

Sweet Home – District is considering cutting up to $2.07 million to get below the tax cap.

Tonawanda – Talk of layoffs and increased class sizes to close a $2 million gap makes staff nervous, but board is waiting for more information before making decision.

Williamsville – District is looking at a $2.4 million budget gap, but School Board members have pledged to protect full-day kindergarten, school libraries, foreign language classes and the high school alternative education program.