Cuts Ahead for Vestal Schools

By Erika Mahoney

Cuts Ahead for Vestal Schools

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Vestal Central School District leaders say consecutive years of tight budgets is weighing them down, and cuts are imminent.

The Vestal School Board faces an estimated $1.9 million budget gap.

Superintendent Mark LaRoach says increases in state mandated costs are leading to this gap.

The district faces a projected $1.1 million increase for their retirement system and a $700,000 increase in health insurance.

LaRoach said cuts that have been adding up during the past three years are likely ahead.

"There's no flesh left to cut away," LaRoach said. "So now school districts are severing bone, so it becomes more and more painful."

Board members will further discuss impending cuts during their next meeting Feb. 26.

LaRoach said he hopes the public comes out for the upcoming budget meetings so they understand what the district is facing.