School budget proposals to be presented
Many school district leaders across the region will soon unveil budget proposals for the upcoming school year. Superintendents in the Liverpool, North Syracuse, and Jamesville-DeWitt school districts are among a few making presentations tonight. Our Brad Vivacqua reports.
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Most school district leaders have been feeling the same pinch when it comes to putting together 2012-2013 budget proposals.
Liverpool Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns will make his presentation at the Soule Road Complex Monday night. On Friday, Dr. Johns told YNN that a lack of significant state aid has again made the budget process very difficult.
The Liverpool district is looking at about a $10 million deficit after learning it will receive about $3.5 million less in state aid this year. The superintendent's proposal will include cutting around 30 positions as the district aims to maintain important programs for students.
"We maintained the things that are important for kids. We tried to keep our class size down, we tried to protect the classroom wherever we could. And, anything that had anything to do with opportunities for kids, we tried to protect and they...and those things are in the budget," said Dr. Johns.
After Monday night’s presentation, the board will review the proposed spending plan and make amendments as necessary. The final budget will be presented to voters on May 15th.
You can also view the presentation live online on the school's website: www.liverpool.k12.ny.us.