Dubik addresses issues
By Willie Kiernan
Cazenovia Central Schools Superintendent Bob Dubik held multiple public forums on the upcoming school budget last Thursday in the community room at the Caz Grill. Assistant Bill Furlong and school board president Ed Roickle joined him in the round table discussions in the morning, afternoon and evening . Actually, the four rectangular tables were placed together to create a square.
"The intent of this meeting was to talk about our annual budget," Dubik said. "As we develop it, we ask the public what are the priorities?"
Typically, insurance increases and pension funding occur each year to drive the budget higher. The current teacher's union contract is up for negotiations this June. Presently, CCS pays 85 percent of teacher's insurance.
"Everything is negotiable," Dubik said.
Responding to cost efficient queries, Dubik responded by asking, what do we cut?
"We refinanced our debt twice in the last five years which saved us about $1 million," Furlong said. "But we don't do enough to blow our own horn."
There will be a presentation of the fully developed budget in April. When the budget comes up for a vote, there will also be a vote on a $2 million capital project that would not cause a tax increase, if passed.
There have been no further bomb threats since the first two. When the second threat was found three Mondays ago, the students were evacuated by walking to the college gym and St. James Church at about 11 a.m. Parents were concerned that they weren't able to get their coats or any food.
"The process worked but we found some areas in our emergency plan to improve upon," Dubik said. "Students need to know that this is not a crank. The police are taking this very seriously and have some good leads."
Handwriting experts are currently working on the case with the local police.
"Whoever it was, he left something behind, his handwriting," Dubik said. "I take this very seriously. This is my family."
Both scrawls were found in pencil in two separate boys' bathrooms. The first, which was found late Friday Jan. 6 read, Bomb 1/07/07. The second, found Monday Jan. 8 read, Bomb today.