A big mistake was going to lead to big changes at Edwards-Knox Central School.
An accounting error of over $581,000 -- coupled with a shortfall of nearly $300,000 -- had officials trying to chop close to $900,000 in next year's budget.
Everything from teaching positions to athletics to the marching band were on the block.
But that all changed during a special school board meeting Wednesday.
"They weren't comfortable making the cuts right now and wanted more time to prepare for that," said Teresa Hogle, the school board's president.
Board member Chris Averill stopped the meeting in its tracks when he suggested offsetting the budget shortfall
with $614,000 of reserves and money saved by offering two teachers early retirement
The majority of the board agreed and the plan for next year changed.
Teachers, the marching band, athletics -- all are safe -- for now.
"Because we use such a large amount of our fund balance this year, next year the cuts will be heavy," Hogle said, "but hopefully we'll be more prepared."
The school board will vote on the new proposed budget at its next meeting, which is set for Monday.
Saturday, February 13, 2016, Watertown, NY
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