Niagara Gazette


June 3, 2013

Modified sports, afterschool clubs back in Lew-Port budget plan

Nothing is final yet, but the Lewiston-Porter school board is narrowing down its spending cuts leading up to its second budget vote later this month.

Though Superintendent R. Christopher Roser did spend some time Monday, during a special meeting of the board, explaining what he's reinstated into the preliminary spending plan and what's been taken out.

Like modified sports, which last week sat on the cutting room floor of the budget process. This week, many of the popular sports middle schoolers in the seventh and eighth grades enjoy were back to being funded with only three exceptions. And co-curricular activities, the afterschool clubs which students almost need in today's competitive college application process, are also back after a brief absence.

The trade-off, Roser said, is coming by way of some cuts which could leave the district a little rough around the edges.

"We're going to have to be selective in what we're going to do because we're going to cut down on cleaning rather than cut anymore staff who are going to deal with kids," he said. "The bathrooms will be clean, the garbage cans are probably going to get emptied, but not every classroom is going to be swept, not every chalkboard is going to be wiped down."

The staff is also taking a bit of a hit again, this time in the middle school home and careers field. Roser said Middle School Principal Dean Ramirez suggested the program's requirement could be met with a part-time teacher, which could save the district $24,000.

Middle school art will also feel the pain of budget cuts, as the district will reduce its non-mandated art offerings to one day per week for sixth grade and eliminate one of its two art credits for seventh and eighth grades.

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