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Schenectady, NY: District faces higher costs; "influx of kindergarten students with special needs"

April 24, 2018, Schenectady (NY) Daily Gazette: Saratoga School District levy increase aims to smooth out capital costs https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/04/24/saratoga-school-district-levy-increase-aims-to-smooth-out-capital-costs City School District voters will be asked next month to approve a 3.9 percent levy increase aimed partly at absorbing a big drop-off in state building aid associated with projects from over a decade ago. … The budget supports six new staff positions and maintains a position that was added during the current school year. The new additions, which will cost around $465,000, are driven by rising needs in special education students and English language learners, Hilker said. The new positions include staffing a special classroom for an influx of kindergarten students with special needs, teaching assistants dedicated to students with specific needs and a teacher that will serve English language learners across the district. “Those were things that were almost entirely a necessity,” Hilker said. …