Canton Parents Hear Worst-Case Scenario For School District
The worst case scenario was laid out for parents at Canton Central School Thursday.
Superintendent William Gregory unveiled how hard the school district is likely to be hit by increasing costs and decreased aid from the state.
It could mean layoffs and cuts to programs, which caught some parents off guard.
"Well, I was appalled at the level of cuts our district is going to see," said Keith Rosser, a concerned parent.
With the district looking to save over $2 million, Gregory says up to 44 positions could be cut.
Services like special education and athletics could also face major cuts.
At the same time, class sizes could be get bigger. As many as 40 students could be in one classroom.
Gregory wouldn't speak to 7 News, but some parents say they are upset at the possible future.
"Our school cannot function like that," Rosser said.
"We've already cut and cut and cut the last two years. We're looking at, over a three-year period, a 40 percent cut in our staff," he said.
The good news is, none of these ideas is set in stone.
Gregory told parents these proposals are in early stages and the school district will look at other ways to make ends meet.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Watertown, NY
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