Can public schools still be all things to all people?
With the new property tax cap legislation, tough decisions will need to be made. School budgets consist, for the large majority, of contractual expense related to salary and benefits. With budgets being capped at a rate lower than the projected increase for these contractual expenses, something will have to give. Schools may no longer be able to provide non-mandated services and programs that otherwise would benefit our students. It will be up to the taxpayers and their representative school boards to decide what programs are important, worth paying for and exactly how much that will cost. Trying times lie ahead.
[Doug Reiser is president of the Eldred Central School District Board of Education and Robert M. Dufour is superintendent of Eldred Central School District.]