Eugene Byrne, a local physician, emphasized the importance of keeping science and math teachers. He also said his son's school bus has only about 5 children on it.
"It's nice that it comes to everyone's house like a limousine service, but couldn't kids meet at a bus stop," Byrne asked? "I'm sure there's a way to save more money on transportation," he added.
A village resident named Dan Leff called the budget a deferment of tough choices. He spoke about the need for "game changing strategies" and offered to participate in a strategic committee that would craft long-range planning and problem solving for the school.
During the meeting, Richards ruled out the idea of sharing services with the other Tri-Lakes school districts for the time being.
School officials floated the idea of sharing services, like summer school and administrative staff, earlier this spring, but Richards cited logistical and contract issues that would delay the effort.
Richards said cost savings would need to be found elsewhere and appealed to the board to consider the implications of continued rising costs.
He said if the school was going to continue increasing spending every year, it would need to start thinking of creative ways to increase its student enrollment.