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S. Huntington May Salvage Some Cut Programs

Talks with teachers' union could halt plan to cut middle school sports and other programs.

S. Huntington May Salvage Some Cut Programs S. Huntington May Salvage Some Cut Programs S. Huntington May Salvage Some Cut Programs

The South Huntington school board said Tuesday night that it is negotiating with the teachers union for savings that could halt planned cuts in several programs, including middle school sports.

Superintendent Thomas Shea that negotiations could mean funds "could be reallocated" before the budget goes to voters on May 15.

The board had voted on April 4 to make several cuts, including reducing kindergarten to half days and to eliminate the entire middle school sports program and replace it with intramural sports. The sports cut was expected to save about $120,000.

Faced with a state tax cap and concern about voter reaction, members of the board expressed their dissatisfaction and frustration but concluded they had no choice but to cut the programs. Board members Lisa Brieff and Linda LaCara ultimately voted against the budget as presented because of the loss of the sports program and several speakers, including middle-school athletes, pleaded to retain the program.

 Shea and board president Jim Kaden both said a deal with the teachers could be reached and presented at the next board meeting on May 8.

No further details were immediately available on what those negotiations might involve.

The district also unveiled images of its redesignd website, which is expected to go live Thursday. The revised site offers considerably more highlights about student activities, improved calendars, contacts with teachers and other staffers and more information about schools.

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