Friday, May 7, 2010


The Lockport Union Sun and Journal has a lengthy story about last night's budget hearing...

Thursday the district formally unveiled its proposed 2010-11 school year budget at a public hearing for residents. The $22.1 million spending plan is a $1.2 million decrease in spending, but still carries a 5 percent increase in the tax levy. The bump to $8.6 million from $8.2 million in the levy could raise the property tax rate about $1 per $1,000.

Among the cuts is the varsity football team, which costs about $27,000 to $29,000.

The article highlighted some comments from the crowd, including former football players. It also noted...

Rick DeWaters, president of the Roy-Hart Booster Club, said the organization has a few fundraising events coming up, including a dance and dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday at Gasport Fire Hall, 8412 Telegraph Road.

The article also mentioned the District's dire straits..

Roy-Hart lost $2.3 million in state aid, which was helped out by $800,000 in federal stimulus funds. The district lost a total of $1.5 million in aid, which MacDonald said was a result of other school districts in the state declining in wealth faster than Roy-Hart. The Roy-Hart schools took the largest cut in aid for a Niagara County district, and the 33rd largest in the state.

Other cuts include the equivalent of eight full-time positions, field trips and buses running after 3:15 p.m.

Read the entire article online...