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Summer school returns to Cheektowaga

Summer school is returning to Cheektowaga Central Schools this summer and no major cuts are anticipated, according to preliminary figures released in the district’s 2016-17 budget.

“We’re planning on reinstating (general education) summer school, which was cut a few years ago,” Kaitlyn Tokarczyk, district treasurer for Cheektowaga schools said. “This year, we’re planning on bringing it back.”

Summer school programming would be offered this summer for all grade levels.

For elementary students, Mary Morris, assistant superintendent, said two teachers at each grade level would be assigned to teach students who need help on reading and math. Special education teachers also would be assigned. English language arts, math and student development would be the focus of the middle school offering.

“It’s nice to be able to put summer school back on the docket, since finances aren’t that tough,” Morris said. “We’re thrilled to be able to get it back.”

At this stage of the budgeting process, the district isn’t facing significant program cuts, Tokarczyk said.

The proposed budget is just over $40 million, or about a 1 percent increase from this year. That’s just under the tax cap.

The deficit is $261,364, but officials aren’t prepared to say if anything needs to be cut. State aid levels have yet to be determined.

“Right now, we do have a deficit, but it’s less than it has been in the past,” said Tokarczyk. “We’re pleased to say we’re going to be keeping our current levels of programs.”

Tokarczyk said district leaders plan to discuss possible cuts before making details public.