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December 4, 2012

School rally draws a crowd in Wilson

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Niagara Gazette — He said the district is also considering other drastic measures to overcome the deficit, including exceeding the district's property tax cap threshold this coming May.

But closing the school as a way to cut staff — in a district losing population — is definitely being considered seriously, he said.

"We are in an economic crisis just like every other school district," Kropp said. "We're going to have to cut staff, and one way to do it is closing a building."

The district does have a $3.2 million fund at its disposal to help ease the burden on the district, but Kropp said the money just isn't enough by itself. He said the fund will be exhausted to help the district over the next few years, but it likely won't be enough to save the building if the board pursues closing.

Though he didn't endorse Buzzard's program, saying it was not district sanctioned, he did encourage Buzzard and others who feel the way she does to express themselves. He's also hopeful those who feel differently will also express their concerns about the five different options the board is considering.

"That's democracy in action," he said. "We encourage people to speak at our board meetings. They're from that side of the district and we welcome them to say what they feel. We also encourage people from the other side of the district to speak up.

"At the end of the day, we're just trying to do the right thing for kids."

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