Maine-Endwell proposes cuts to close budget gap

By Michelle Costanza

March 1, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013 at 1:58 AM EDT

Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Maine-Endwell school board is searching for ways to close a $3.8 million budget gap.

The district held a budget workshop Thursday night with two topics at the forefront: Health care and athletics.

Board members are considering a change in health insurance, and with three proposals submitted, officials are hoping to choose the option that will best benefit the future.

"One of the options is to take a percentage of our retirees and put them in a different plan, called a Medicare Supplement. We believe based on the analysis and numbers that this would give us substantial savings, up to almost a million dollars," said Maine-Endwell Superintendent Jason Van Fossen.

Another option would be to keep the current plan, which will cost them $170,000.

The board is waiting on more information before making a final decision.

Although cuts would cause a reduction in several programs, some athletic programs are safer than others.

Potential sports cuts include modified tennis, modified wrestling, and bowling.

Eliminating these programs could save the district up to $17,000.

Van Fossen said although it is difficult to cut any athletics, decisions will be made based on an attempt to affect as few students as possible.

Final decisions on the budget will be made in the coming months.

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