HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WENY) – Thursday night the Horseheads School District kicked off the first of four budget Q & A's sessions that ate open to the public ahead of the official school budget vote next month.

Two residents showed up for Thursdays session, however the presentation still went on and plenty of questions were asked.

The total proposed budget for the 2019- 20 school year comes in at $79,905,919, an approximate $2.8 million dollar increase from the 2018-19 school year.

According to Assistant Superintendent, Anthony Gill, This budget maintains all current educational and extra curricular programs, includes safety and mental health positions. “This new budget allows us to provide some programs to our students that are much needed in the safety and mental health areas. Primarily we have a school resource officer that is going to be added to service our elementary buildings, and really excited about the four social workers at our elementary schools.”

The school district plans to move from its bus repeater analog system to a digital system to have better communication, add a bus monitor position and replace a portion of the calculators ar the middle and high schools.

The next Q & A session will take place on April 29 at the Horseheads Town Hall at 7 p.m.