NEW BERLIN – Due to a decrease in New York State funding, at least one school district is faced with the harsh reality of having to eliminate faculty – in addition to a popular reading program, materials and supplies and limiting the number of field trips for the upcoming school year.
Unadilla Valley Superintendent Robert Mackey said positions will be eliminated next year, including an elementary teacher, a high school social studies teacher and a licensed teaching assistant. The physical education/health position will be filled internally instead of hiring a new person as was previously budgeted.
The hardest-hit program, according to Mackey, is the elementary school’s Reading First program which targets students in kindergarten through third grade. The grant-funded program was introduced two years ago, and state funding was intended to keep it running for a three-year span. The district planned to adapt and absorb the needed funds to keep the program implemented after that.