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Liverpool pre-K falls to budget cuts

As a part of the Liverpool Central School Board of Education's recent adoption of the 2010-11 budget, the district's Universal Pre-K program will be eliminated at the culmination of this school year.

"Our primary goal as a District is to educate students in kindergarten through twelfth-grade, and that was our Board's main focus as it reviewed and revised the budget," said Dr. Richard N. Johns, Liverpool Superintendent of Schools. "The decision to eliminate UPK was not an easy one for our Board members because the program has met with great success in preparing our youngest students for kindergarten and beyond."

Johns said this has been the most difficult budget process of his career as a superintendent. He said that he and the Board of Education,, and the district administration worked diligently to find ways to balance the budget in the best interest of both the students and the community.

"We hope that if the economic climate in our state improves, we will be able to offer UPK again in the future," Johns said.

District residents can vote on the 2010-11 school budget and Board of Education candidates from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday May 18 in the Liverpool High School main gymnasium. Voters should enter near the LHS tennis courts.

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