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Community Roundtable for Binghamton School Budget, Other Concerns Addressed

Binghamton City School District officials report that they are beginning the process of developing a 2016-'17 school budget.

At a community roundtable Tuesday night, participants discussed the budget as well as issues such as handling students who are more needy in a classroom setting. Attendees also expressed concern about bolstering school psychology services.

BCSD officials reported a $514,144 savings through attrition, or staffers who are leaving. Officials also reported a need for state aid as part of anticipated revenues.

We spoke with a concerned area resident who told us that he was attending the event to see where funds were being budgeted.

Concerned area resident Andre Mathis says, "I think we have to make sure that the money is allocated in all aspects of it. Not only just instruction and curriculum but for programs such as fine arts -- like band and music -- in ways that children should be educated as a whole versus just allocating it toward the curriculum aspect of it."

Anticipated expenditures include an increase in professional salaries. In fact, the top difference listed between the 2015-'16 budget and 2016-'17 is an increase of $1.5 million in instructional salaries.