Aurora/East Aurora

In an effort to brainstorm solutions to the potential $2.1 million school budget gap, the district is hosting a forum Wednesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Middle School at 430 Main Street.

Potential fixes include: Increase the tax levy, increase class size, cut staff, eliminate some classes, trim athletic programs and extracurricular activities.

People are encouraged to bring their questions and opinions. So enough seating can be set up, RSVPs are requested, but not required. Call Paula Schmidt at 687-2302 or write

The meeting, called a “Budget Development Forum,” is the first in recent years and part of the school district’s new emphasis on communication, said Kris Ward, community relations coordinator.

Milestones ahead in the budget season are: a preliminary budget presentation on March 5; the board’s April 23 adoption of the budget it will present to the public; a May 7 public hearing; the budget vote on May 20.

Also this week:

• The Explore & More Children’s Museum at 300 Gleed Avenue will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Martin Luther King Day. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be puppet making related to the new exhibit, the Faces of Buffalo, a celebration of Western New York diversity. At noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., there will be felt board storytelling with the children’s book “Ferdinand.”

• The Aurora Town Board meets for a work session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Southside Municipal Building, 300 Gleed.

• The East Aurora Village Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for a work session about an awards program for volunteer firefighters. A regular board meeting follows at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 571 Main Street.