B'ville prepares to adopt 2008-09 school budget

Officials estimate a 1.04 percent increase in property taxes regarding the proposed Baldwinsville Central school district budget for 2008-09, although exact numbers are not yet known Superintendent Jeanne Dangle said at Monday's board meeting.

Board members prepared for a discussion to be held next week on the proposed budget for 2008-09. Dangle asked the board members to look over the presentations and information packets the various departments of the district had provided in order to be prepared to ask any remaining questions at the next meeting.

One item of the budget that may change is the amount of funding given to BOCES for summer school for seventh graders. Dangle said that there is currently an issue with seventh graders failing subjects such as English and math, then going to summer school and passing those subjects. However, when these students reach eighth grade, they lack the skills necessary to pass those classes. The district may decide to shift the funding from BOCES to administering summer school internally for these students.

"We want to try some different things," said Dangle. "We may want to move this to a higher priority in the budget to do it ourselves."

Board President Kevin Bernstein said that the next board meeting will focus almost exclusively on the budget. This meeting will be held Monday March 24, and discussion on the budget will continue on March 31 if necessary. The board will then adopt a budget at its April 7 meeting. All school board meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Durgee cafeteria and are open to the public.

Residents of the district will vote on the proposed budget on May 20.

In other board news, Bernstein and Dangle opened the meeting by recognizing the two Baldwinsville students who participated in the third round of the Post-Standard/WCNY Spelling Bee. Jacob Minardi, an eighth-grader at Durgee Junior High School, and Katherine Schumacher, a sixth-grader at Ray Middle School, were among 36 local students who made it to the oral competition on Feb. 9.

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