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Canastota schools on a spending freeze

As the Canastota School District enters into the budget process, the decision has been made to put a freeze on spending for the remainder of the school year. Anything that has not been budgeted will not be expended.

At the board meeting held Nov. 25, Trustee Don Campanaro said that it may be premature but the audit committee is looking at several options.

"We've asked the administration to sharpen its priorities," Campanaro said. "What can we live without?"

Trustee Carla DeShaw asked if it would affect school field trips.

"If it's in the budget no, if it's not in, yes," Campanaro said.

Superintendent of Schools Fred Bragan said that state cuts are probably forthcoming.

"We're always looking at next year's expenditures and looking at the governor's proposal," Bragan said. "We know we are going to see a reduction in state aid. It's going to be a tough couple of years, but we're going to get through it."

Campanaro said the good news, though, was Gov. David Paterson backed-off on mid-year cuts for education.

Bragan said they are going to look at a zero-based budget.

"We are going to build our budget from our needs," Bragan said. "We are going to look at our goals and what's important as a school district." He said the district plans to prioritize its needs. Their intent is to not "slash and burn programs or staff."

In other news

Nomination forms for the district's Wall of Distinction can be obtained at the district office or downloaded from the district's web site.

Criteria to be included for induction are: the individual must be a graduate of Canastota Central Schools 10 years ago or more and made a significant contribution to the Canastota community or the community they reside in. All nominations are then sent to a selection committee that reports its recommendations to the organizing committee.

The first group selected will be inducted during Homecoming next year.

Nominations must be returned to the district office by Feb. 1.

All nominations are confidential and are kept on file for three years.

Upcoming events

The seventh and eighth grade band and choral winter concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the auditorium.

The board will meet again on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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