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Booster clubs making up for budget cuts

Irondequoit, N.Y. - With less than a month until the school year starts parents and students in the West Irondequoit School District are trying to raise money to bring back some programs that were cut in the 2014-2015 budget.

On Tuesday, the West Irondequoit Performing Arts Booster Club held a telethon to raise money for two plays that were cut from the budget.

Jim Soufleris, one of the parents who organized the club said they need to raise $10,800 to put on the fall musical and spring comedy that are no longer budgeted for.

In just over one month the club has raised almost $5,000 in other fundraising efforts.

The students hope to raise more money than they need so they can form a drama club.

In the wake of this budget cut another booster club has also formed, the All Sports Boosters.

This club is working to bring back some of the modified sports. In the 2013-2014 school year the district had 29 modified sport teams.

According to the district's athletic director Anthony Lipani, the modified program was cut to eight sports in the 2014-2015 budget.

The booster club is working to raise $48,275; this money would allow the district to fund 17 sport teams. In just over one month they've raised $31,000.

This money must be raised up front, by August 25th because, according to the district's superintendent Jeff Crane, all three sport seasons at the modified level have to be funded.

They must also comply with Title IX and allow equal opportunities for boys and girls.

According to Crane, both booster clubs donations will have to be approved by the school board.

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Washington Times