A motion to close an elementary school in the Niskayuna School District is tabled by the school board, and will be decided next week. Geoff Redick reports.
NISKAYUNA, N.Y. -- The Niskayuna School District faces a $2.6 million budget gap due to a huge decrease in state aid. Currently, the district's aid amount matches what it receiced in 2009.
To help bridge the gap, the district is looking at the possibility of closing one of its schools. However, the closure would bring a savings of less than $500,000.
"$415,000 on a $76 million budget is less than one-half of one percent. This isn't going to solve the problem, it's not even going to come close," said Evan Brooksby, a parent and an Advisory Committee member.
Brooksby says hefty administration salaries can be chopped instead. However, the district has already cut a fourth of its administrators over the last four years. It's also cut 176 full-time jobs overall.
"We have made every effort to keep those reductions as far away from our classrooms as possible. We are running out of the ability to do that," explained Susan Salvaggio, the superintendent for the Niskayuna Central School District.
After a mix of emotions faces with reality at Tuesday's meeting, parents, teachers, and board members chose to table the decision until next week.