U-E school budget: no cuts, proposal approved

By Anna Kuskin
By Perry Russom

April 7, 2014 Updated Apr 7, 2014 at 11:42 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Just a few weeks ago, the Union-Endicott School District was facing major programming cuts.

The district was preparing to cut $500,000 worth of programs added this school year.

Now, all programs will stay and no jobs will be lost.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's signed 2014-15 New York State budget on March 29 allocating an additional $730,000 to the district in state aid. The increase was a part of Cuomo's five percent hike in education funding across the state.

Union-Endicott's Superintendent Suzanne McLeod credits State Senator Tom Libous (R) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D) for advocating for the district's financial boost.

"We are still budgeting line by line, penny by penny in a way to make sure that we are as physically responsible as possible," said McLeod.

After months of budgetary slimming, the school board unanimously passed the budget proposal on Monday.

Now that the budget has been approved by the board, there will be a public hearing on Tuesday, May 13. The public will then have the opportunity to vote on the budget on Tuesday, May 20.

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