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Chittenango School District presents findings of cost-saving study

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Chittenango School District presents findings of cost-saving study
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School Districts everywhere are facing the task of doing more with less. Many of them are trying to determine where to make cuts. The Chittenango School is one of them.
They underwent a cost saving study recently. And Tuesday, it was presented to the community for the first time. Our Iris St. Meran has the details of the findings.

CHITTENANGO, N.Y. -- Chittenango Schools Superintendent Michael Schiedo said he wanted to be proactive about cutting costs instead of programs. So he enlisted some help to study the district.

Tuesday, those findings were shared with the public for the first time.
In it are three options:

1. Redistrict part of Lake Street Elementary and Bolivar Road Elementary, sending some students to Bridgeport Elementary School.
2. Have a larger number of students rezone to Bridgeport who live on all roads North of the railroad tracks.
3. Close an elementary school. Lake Street Elementary is one being considered.

Schiedo said, "Lake Street is the oldest building. It was built in 1928. All the other buildings were built in the 50s. So, Lake Street would require the most upkeep and Capital Project improvements."

Schiedo says a redistricting will help balance out class size. But closing a school building would be the most cost effective, saving the district nearly half a million dollars or more.

Lake Street would be less disruptive for students if it closed considering Bolivar is just a mile away from it. He stresses, this is just a study for now.

"No set decision has been made yet," said Schiedo.

He wanted to present it to the public and have their feedback and questions.

Schiedo says there will be more presentations of the study. He welcomes suggestions from the community. After the school board votes, changes will likely be implemented in the 2015-2016 school year.

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