It's been a controversial couple of weeks for New Hartford Central School's Superintendent Robert Nole, following a budget crisis and a contract dispute with teachers.

Nole and the New Hartford Board of Education presented their 2018-19 budget on Tuesday night, which carried with it a 2.9% tax increase and three teacher layoffs. On Wednesday, Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Brian Miller announced an additional $300,000 grant to essentially bail out the district and allow them to balance their budget. Prior to this week, the district faced a $900,000 deficit.

On Friday, Nole appeared on WIBX's Keeler in the Morning program and spent 22 minutes answering questions about the budget, cuts in teaching and other positions, administration contract extensions and the question of whether or not this latest crisis could have been avoided.

Listen to the complete interview here: