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School Board adopts $927.4 million budget that continues reform plan

Spending will be up 1.2% next year in the Buffalo Public Schools under a $927.4 million general fund budget adopted Wednesday by the School Board.

The district, which gets 85% of its funding from the state, got $19.6 million more in state aid for 2019-20, but still used $10 million in reserves to balance the budget.

The budget continues to fund major reforms, dubbed the New Education Bargain, including lower class sizes in the younger grades plus community schools offering services for students and parents after school and on Saturdays.

The board did make some adjustments by adding a total of 12 full-time teaching positions at four high schools: Burgard, East, MST and I-Prep. That added about $1.1 million in salary and benefits, but the budget remained unchanged because the money was taken from a contingency fund, officials said.

The general fund is the major part of the budget that pays for daily operations. The total budget, including grants and food service money, is about $1.1 billion.

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