LI schools brace for possible cuts from Albany

Long Island school districts are bracing for the worst after Gov. David Paterson proposed $5 billion in cuts Thursday.

The proposal includes slashing school aid by 4.5 percent. Middle Country Central School District Superintendent Dr. Roberta Gerold says her district would lose more than $4 million if the cuts went through. She says she?s now looking at reducing programs, sports and staff.

Many also worry how the proposed cuts would affect their property taxes. Schools can?t raise taxes in the middle of the year so any hike would impact next year?s school budget.

The state Legislature can vote against Paterson's proposal. Republicans say they have an alternative plan that does not affect schools.

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