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West Irondequoit Board approves budget cuts

Irondequoit, N.Y. - Some major changes are coming to the West Irondequoit School District.

The board voted Tuesday night in favor of its contingency budget, approving $1.4 million dollar in cuts.

This was the result of a budget vote that failed to pass a second time, forcing the district to make a number of cuts, many that will have an impact on students.

"Whatever programs you cut, it doesn't really matter what it is, there's going to be a kid that's affected by it. A kid that has a unique niche and that's something we can't get back," said parent Michael Vadala.

Parents had to break the news to their kids about some of the programs that won't be coming back next school year.

What students will notice? No more field trips.

The fall drama and spring comedy shows - gone.

One of the costly of the programs - modified B sports for 7th and 8th graders - out. The sports program alone is expected to save about $95,000.

Superintendent Jeff Crane described the feeling having to make a tough this tough decision as anguish.

"It was very painful; I think you could tell that was true of the entire board, everyone in the entire room. Nobody wants to do these things and the only choice we have is to try to make it a one year event," Crane said.

That would be the hope for parents like Anthony Griswold whose young kids will feel the impact.

"I think parents with young kids and older kids is affected because as you said, everything that's being cut. The Helmer Nature Center was closed, that's a field trip for my sons and every little kid every year," Griswold said.

But for parents like Michael Vadala, there's a harsh reality about community involvement and not waiting until it's too late to do so.

"I don't think it's just school districts, I think it's government, the only way you can affect change it to get involved," said Vadala.

There were other cuts, including professional development conferences for teachers, capital projects and subsidized funding to outside groups.

Many parents have asked how they can donate to save some of these programs, 13WHAM learned that information will be forthcoming in the next few days if residents want to do that but there are strict guidelines that must be followed.

Click here for an outline of the budget and savings.

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