WHEATFIELD, N.Y. -- The Niagara-Wheatfield School District is facing a $1 million budget shortfall even if voters approve a tax increase next month.
One option to close that gap includes cutting the kindergarten program, and that did not sit well with parents when it was announced by the school board last week.
As Elizabeth Gervase talks about her kindergarten students, her eyes light up. After 23 years of teaching at Errick Road Elementary, she hasn't lost any passion.
"Oh, I love kindergarten so much," she says. "They come in, many of them not even able to hold a pencil, unable to write, to read, and they leave me being readers and writers."
Superintendent James Knowles told 2 On Your Side, "we're not trying to scare people, we're looking at what we need to do to close a $1 million dollar gap."