The Lake Shore Central School District is trying to figure out where it can cut to make up a $1.5 million shortfall projected for next year.
The Board of Education will discuss proposed reductions at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center of the high school, 959 Beach Road.
The board also has scheduled further discussion during a special budget work session at 6:30 p.m. March 25 at the high school.
“Everything is on the table,” said Superintendent James Przepasniak. “It is programming and staffing primarily.”
“It’s all we have left to go to,” Przepasniak said. “We have closed two elementary buildings, laid off 50 teachers and three administrators in the last five years. We’ve taken 12 buses off the road in the past year.”
The state hit the district with a $4.7 million cut, or “gap elimination adjustment,” explained Daniel Pacos, assistant superintendent for administration and finance. That is money the state deducted from school districts to fill its own budget gap.
Meanwhile, Lake Shore pension costs are projected to jump $1.1 million next year, Pacos said.
“If they weren’t taking away $4.7 million, we would be able to cover it,” Pacos said.
More specifics can be found on the district website at www.lakeshore.wnyric.org.
Lake Shore is waiting to hear whether the State Legislature approves a budget on time, which could indicate additional state revenue, Przepasniak said.
“As an educator, it’s very frustrating to have to cut programming and staff at a most important time in education,” Przepasniak said. “When kids need us the most, we’re cutting.”