Getting community input for future school budget

By Jillian Marshall

December 10, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 12:21 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton City School District held a round-table discussion on the 2014-15 budget at the high school Tuesday night.

Only a handful of community members and parents showed up to the meeting, but the ones that did offered their input on what they think should be in the district's upcoming budget.

Parents spoke mostly about art programs and the Common Core.

"I think the public is really keyed into the Common Core and the stresses that places on our students and that it is important to our families that we offer our children in the areas of the unified arts programs like art, music and P.E.," said Asst. Superintendent of Administration Karry Mullins.

Administrators want to collect input from the public before making decisions on possible cuts in the future.

Results of an online survey showed that parents and community members say band, orchestra and elementary music should be top priorities.

For parents that did attend the meeting, they said they were glad they spoke their minds with administration.

"I thought it was really good and I thought they were pretty honest about what they knew and they seemed really receptive to what we had to say," said Penelope Harper, mother of a 8th grader.

There is another round-table discussion scheduled for Jan. 14 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

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