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Fairport adopts $107M budget for 2012-13 school year
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On Wednesday, the Fairport Board of Education adopted the 2012-13 school budget to bring several long months of planning one step closer to a public vote.

"This is a budget that, with much work, has met the demands of the times and met the needs of our students," said superintendent Dr. Jon Hunter.

With new data from the State Legislature, the proposed budget showed minor adjustments to state and federal aid, which still amounted to a 5.8 percent loss compared to last year.

Overall, Fairport will increase spending by slightly more than 1 percent. The district plans to use $5.7 million of its reserves and fund balance  but will eliminate 24 teaching positions. The tentative number of non-teaching staff to be reduced will be determined by late April, Hunter said.

For some, like John Baynes, president of the Fairport Educators Association, this number provided in the adopted budget, although less than the number anticipated months ago, is still disappointing.

"Overall, what started to be a catastrophic plan has been slightly improved, and we appreciate the improvements, but this still falls short of what other districts are trying to do to preserve programs," said Baynes.

While some areas will be reduced, this will not be the case with high school electives in grades 10-12. All electives were maintained through a new rotation plan, in which 66 of approximately 80 electives will be offered while the remaining courses undergo a curriculum re-write before they are offered following year.

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Courtesy www.Fairport-ERPost.com

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