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North Syracuse schools facing $4.5 million deficit

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: North Syracuse schools facing $4.5 million deficit
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- North Syracuse schools aren't facing quite the same crisis as Liverpool, but a drop in state aid and other revenue has left the district will have a $4.5 million deficit for next year.

The total budget is about $145 million. The district is looking to potentially use $600,000 of its fund balance, leaving them with only $2.4 million in reserves left.

The superintendent says the budget is preliminary right now, but one addition that could be considered is full day kindergarten. Elementary band and orchestra could be eliminated and class sizes could increase for grades three through 12.

"This is really the kickoff of the discussion to the community, so we're going to talk about things we'd like to potentially see added and some things that might need to be cut to afford the things we want to add, also to deal with our shortfall in revenues," said Don Keegan, Business Services Associate Superintendent.

The district expects to have more details on cuts and additions by the end of March.

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