West Valley Superintendent Reacts to Failed Budget Vote

What's next for West Valley Schools?

Mike Baggerman
May 16, 2018 - 12:06 pm

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WEST VALLEY, N.Y. (WBEN) - West Valley School Superintendent Eric Lawton said he was disappointed that the school's budget, which called for a two percent increase in spending, failed to pass on Tuesday.

"We have been either flat with no increase or reducing over the last five years," Lawton told WBEN on Wednesday morning. "We were kind of surprised when we raised it a little bit that we got the reaction we did."

A total of 333 votes decided on the school's budget. It was defeated 181-152.

Among the notable votes in the budget also included the purchase of a 22-passenger Chevy Collins school bus, to replace a 2009 version that had 75,000 miles on it. The budget noted that the body was wearing and needed repairs. Purchasing a new one, according to the school, would save costs on future repairs and keep the district on its bus replacement schedule.

The school will either vote on another budget soon or have the board adopt a contingency budget which would have the school operate on the same budget as it did before. However, the community would incur the costs if school property was utilized during off-hours.

"This morning coming up at 7 p.m., we're going to be doing our merger study presentation," Lawton said. "They're going to give the results of what they found out that night and we're going to discuss where we're going with the budget. If (the community) wants to come out and hear what's going on, Monday would be a great time to do that."

Other districts whose budget failed to pass include Eden, Clymer, Gowanda, and Westfield.

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