Sachem schools fear effects of Paterson's budget cuts
Sachem school officials say Gov. David Paterson?s proposed budget cuts for 2009 will leave the district with a $7 million budget shortfall.
Assistant Superintendent of Sachem Schools Bruce Singer says the district would lose out on more than $7 million from the state, which will have to come from somewhere else. He says Sachem is already weighing options like class size increases and layoffs.
Officials say the other option would be to turn to the taxpayers within the district. However, many say they can?t afford taxes any higher than they are now.
?The amount of taxes we pay is out of control,? Jennifer McGuigan, of Holbrook, says. ?I don't think I could live here anymore.?
Some say either way it?s a lose-lose situation for the district.