Port Chester schools face a budget gap of as much as $4 million next year, and an early list of options includes asking the public to override the state's new property tax cap.
In a , Superintendent Edward Kliszus said an override was an option, but not a likely one given the economic mood both locally and nationally.
Last year's budget was $80 million, and passed by fewer than 70 votes. Until school leaders get more information from the state -- including details on whether state aid will hold steady or decrease -- they won't know the exact size of the looming budget shortfall. Like other districts, Port Chester faces increases in mandatory funding for retiree pensions and healthcare.
In the meantime, they've worked up a preliminary game plan that includes cost-cutting options and a hard look at school programs.