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Liverpool passes 2010-11 school budget with 7-1 vote

A total of 44.4 regular teaching positions have been eliminated, including 6.6 special education positions, 1 school nurse, 44.37 teaching assistants, 5.29 clerical, 4 director/supervisor positions, 8.5 operation and maintenance positions, 5.33 teaching aides, 3 transportation positions and 6.62 job coaching positions.

"I do believe that we need to move forward," Pento said.

"As a community we need to come together," said board vice president F. Joseph Unangst. "Our biggest responsibility now is to identify the staff we are losing."

Without a doubt, the majority of the school board members agreed that the personnel cuts were the most difficult aspect within the budget.

"I think right now, it's the best effort," said James Kane, board member.

"The picture for our area is bleak," said Donna Marsh O'Connor, board member.

O'Connor said she hopes this year's budget in Liverpool and neighboring areas opens the eyes of state leaders.

The board's approval tonight will now send the amended budget into the public's hands for the districtwide May 18 vote.

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