Community input sought for B'ville budget development

The Baldwinsville Central School District is seeking input from district residents as it develops the 2009-10 budget.

The district's Board of Education has revised its budget process to provide community members with greater opportunities to ask questions, voice their concerns and make suggestions as the Board of Education examines each component of the 2009-10 budget.

"Community input is vital in the development of a fiscally responsible budget," said Superintendent Jeanne Dangle.

Residents will have several opportunities to participate in the Board of Education's budget discussions. At each meeting district administrators will present a different component of the budget to the board. Components include transportation, facilities, debt service, athletics, special education and instructional. After the board discusses the component, the discussion will be open to the public. Residents will be able to direct their questions and comments to administrators and board members. Following each meeting, residents' questions with answers will be posted on the district's website at bville.org.

"Community members are encouraged to attend these meetings to ask questions, recommend changes and provide suggestions to the board as each budget topic is discussed and reviewed," Dangle said. She noted that time will be allotted at each meeting to review the previous meeting's discussion, as well as to answer further questions and to clarify details on the budget component previously discussed.

The schedule of Board of Education meetings with budget topics to be discussed is as follows:

Jan. 26 -- Transportation, facilities and debt service;

Feb. 9 -- Athletics and review of transportation, facilities and debt service;

Feb. 23 -- Special education and review of athletics;

March 2 -- Instructional and review of special education;

March 16 -- Review of instructional;

March 30 -- Administrative recommended budget; and

April 6 -- Board budget adoption

Board meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are usually held in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School. Call the Superintendent's office at 638-6043 the Friday before a meeting to verify the location. Board of Education agendas are posted on the district's website by 4 p.m. the Friday before a meeting. Follow the link on the district's home page, bville.org, to the Board of Education's page.

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