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Buffalo School Board passes budget for next year

The Buffalo Board of Education on Wednesday passed an $894.2 million budget for the 2017-18 school year.

A few of the budget's highlights:

  • The district's budget is up 4.8 percent from last year.

The increase is driven largely by a rise in tuition to charter schools; increases in teacher salaries related to the new Buffalo Teachers Federation contract; and the superintendent's plan for school improvement, which includes adding 16 new second grade classrooms and five new third grade classrooms next year.

  • Operating aid from the state – which funds 83 percent of the district's budget – was up by $27.9 million, but it was not as much as the district had requested.
  • The district used $22 million in reserves – on top of the additional money set aside to settle labor agreements – to help balance the budget.

The school district also received an additional half-million dollars next year from the City of Buffalo, which will contribute $70.8 million, or 7.9 percent, of the district's budget.

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