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Buffalo schools face budget shortfall

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash's ambitious plans to improve city schools may be cut back as the school district deals with yet another anticipated budget deficit.

With the spending plan for next year four weeks away from final approval, it's $25 million in the hole and spending cuts are likely. That's in regular spending and plans to improve the district's ailing schools.

"This prioritizes the district's work," Cash said, referring to the budget deficit.

"We don't quite have enough in our state aid budget or and in our foundation budget to get this work done completely. So, we're going to have to make cuts into it to get there. So, it is what it is."

Cash told the school board he's trying to make the district more efficient, potentially cutting into the dense administrative structure. He says cuts might include the dozens of gym teachers added this year and dropping a plan to add 150-school bus aides in the fall.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.