Certain students will not have the opportunity to enroll in the district’s Extended School Year Program this year due to budget cuts.
Only students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that stipulates they must attend the program may enroll in it. Special education students with an IEP with no such stipulation and non-special education students will not be offered the opportunity to enroll.
“We cannot duplicate next year what we did this year with only a 2 percent increase cap,” Interim Superintendent of Schools Michael Roth said. “We have to do things differently. Can those children who wouldn’t normally be enrolled in the program benefit from the experience? Of course they could, but we don’t have that kind of luxury.”
Residents failed to approve the district’s $126.6 tax levy, the portion of the budget controlled by local taxes, in late April. The municipal government will review the budget and request the budget be reduced by suggested the district cut certain programs or services. The district does not have to cut the programs or services that are suggested. The amount of money that is suggested must be eliminated from the budget.
“It means we’ll actually receive a double budget cut this year because we were already capped at a 2 percent increase,” Roth said.