WEST ISLIP - Officials say tough times could force the West Islip School District to close up to two schools.

During a packed informational meeting last night at the high school, parents were told the district is in a severe financial crisis and needs to do something to save money. The effort could include closing schools or even redistricting for kids and staff.

West Islip School Superintendent Richard Simon says the district is cash strapped for a number of reasons including declining enrollment, cuts in state aid and new tax cap limits.

Many parents say they are aware of the current budget crisis and knew cuts would have to be made but shutting down is putting too many kids and teachers at risk.Officials say the school board will make a final decision on the cuts by early next year. W. Islip parents hear cost-cutting proposals at school meeting

West Islip Study Group Presentation