BEDFORD, N.Y. – A week after unveiling a proposed budget that would cut more than 30 jobs, the Bedford Central Board of Education -- facing a $3.7 million funding gap -- will get back to work Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Fox Lane Middle School’s theater.
Under the preliminary budget for the 2013-14 school year that Superintendent Jere Hochman presented last Wednesday, the district would ideally move forward with a $127,955,611 budget.
However, to fit under the estimated state tax levy cap of 3.37 percent, the district begins with a figure of $111,604,082. That, in addition to a non-tax revenue figure of $9,571,714 and the applied surplus reserves of $3,054,335, provides a total estimated funding sources of $124,229,131.
To meet this figure, the district faces $3.7 million to $3.8 million in cuts in the next couple of weeks.
“There’s a little bit of wiggle room here, but not much,” said Hochman last week. “What we need to do now is make sure all of these cuts are feasible before we make them.”
Wednesday night’s meeting also includes a presentation from the Bilingual Instruction Study Committee, which figures to advise the school board its teaching needs for English and Spanish throughout the district.