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Harrison Schools Look for $300,000 More in Cuts

HARRISON, N.Y. — The Harrison Central School District is planning to give residents a budget update at the school board's March 21 meeting.

Robert Salierno, assistant superintendent for business, said the district has narrowed down the amount that needs to be cut to $300,000, down from the $800,000 number presented to the public at the Board of Education meeting on March 7. Since nothing has been finalized, Salierno did not comment on where the savings would come from.

Salierno said the district had already cut $3.1 million from the tentative school budget for next year to come in under the tax cap.

“We are eyeing not only our spending but the impact on the tax levy,” Salierno said. “Over the past three years this school district has been below the tax cap levy. We’ve been living through creative ways to save money. Most school districts have been doing the same thing, but this is not a process that is sustainable.”

Salierno said the district has stopped spending this year and is relying mostly on its reserves, though that has not been finalized yet.

The public portion of the meeting will start at 8:15 p.m. at Louis M. Klein Middle School, 50 Union Ave. An executive session will be held an hour before the public meeting.

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