The nine school districts served by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES will vote Wednesday on the proposed 2013-14 BOCES administrative budget.

The budget put forth by the BOCES district includes an administrative spending increase of 2.5 percent, just shy of $46,000, which takes that part of the budget from about $1.83 million in 2012-13 to about $1.88 for the upcoming year.

Superintendent Bill Speck acknowledged that BOCES, like many districts across the state, is experiencing economic hardships, but said that they were still able to increase the budget modestly in order to continue to provide for the students.

"We are aware of the financial strain that schools are faced with and we're sensitive to that," he said.

Speck said that one of the minor retractions BOCES included in its budget was to reduce the time spent with students working toward a GED, which he said will be countered by the school districts throughout Cayuga and Onondaga counties working more closely with these students.

Staff writer Kelsey Durham can be reached at 282-2237 or Follow her on Twitter at CitizenDurham.

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