Gowanda discusses Title VII program

GOWANDA – The Title VII Indian Education program at Gowanda Central School might be a bit different next year. The program may need to eliminate positions due to funding cuts.

Superintendent Charles Rinaldi said the funding for the program for the 2013-2014 school year will be $150,323, a decrease from $156,700 in the current school year. The current department consists of a director/guidance counselor as well as three home school coordinators. The amount of funding received by the district in the upcoming school year will not support the department of four people. Rinaldi said there are a few options for reducing from three coordinators down to two to save money.

“An option would be to terminate. Another option would be to incentivize the senior (coordinator) into retirement,” Rinaldi said.

The board did not discuss any further options for the program but they need to put together a plan and send it to Albany by May 14. A public hearing on the Title VII program will be held today at 5:30 p.m. at the elementary library.

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