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West Irondequoit Parents can fundraise
by Patrice Walsh
Parents in West Irondequoit aren't taking no for an answer. After the district announced over $1.4 million dollars in cuts that will eliminate field trips, school comedy shows and modified football, a group organized of Facebook to raise money to restore programs that were cut.
The I Vote group will meet Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Irondequoit Church of Christ to discuss their efforts. The district says it will add information about the fundraising efforts on its web site.
Other parents like Nicole Hickey said they support efforts to raise money to pay for programs that will benefit kids, but they also question why cuts can't be made in other areas that don't affect students. Hickey said she thought more administrative cuts could've been made.
She moved to West Irondequoit for the school district. She said it was disappointing when the district closed the Helmer Nature Center, where she often took her kids and she said it's sad that students will lose field trips and modified sports.
Superintendent Jeff Crane called the cuts necessary but anguishing. He said the district was forced to eliminate 96-thousand dollars under the contingency budget after two failed budget votes. But he told residents and parents he hoped the cuts would be temporary and that the programs can be funded next year.
Hickey said she'll continue to support the district and her kids, but said it's tough when taxes are so high, but it isn't enough to save important programs for kids.