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The Rochester School Board approved its 2018-19 budget on Tuesday night. The more than $900 million spending plan adds a number of positions including some for special education, one area the district has been concentrating on shoring up.

There are also additional positions for other areas including bilingual education.

The budget does close what was originally a $65 million gap, and that was accomplished with the help of money from the districts unrestricted fund balance.

It appears all spending plans were approved in the budget votes taken in Monroe County and nearby communities on Tuesday.

That includes a budget that will see Pittsford implement full-day kindergarten. Pittsford is one of the few districts across the state that does not provide that program.

In the first half of the program, we have a pre-recorded interview with Congressman Tom Reed. In the second half of the show, we look at what a "no" vote in yesterday's school budget means for some districts. We talk with West Irondequoit Superintendent Jeff Crane; his district was one of only a few that is dealing with a rejected budget.