North Syracuse BOE restores strings, Festival of Arts

The North Syracuse School District held a special meeting Monday night April 12 to further review the 2010-11 budget.

Restorations of the school resource officer, director of security and 2.0 athletic trainers were approved, in addition to the district-wide strings program and the annual Festival of Arts program.

These restorations slightly raised the tax rate increase from 2.7 percent to 2.78, which translates into a $54 increase per $100,000 of a property assessment. This is equal to an estimated $2,058 annual tax bill for the local school district.

Assistant Superintendent for Management Wayne D. Bleau presented much of tonight's budget information, as he has throughout the past nine weeks.

With the SRO position being ranked first in favor for restoration after last week's hearing, the 2.0 athletic trainers and director of security, also skated under the line. More than 100 staff members will be laid off if this budget is adopted and approved for 2010-11.

However, the Board was left to decide whether or not to additionally restore all of freshman sports with a price tag of $94,760 or classroom music at total of $274,400.

"Though I want many other things added back in," said Robert Crabtree, Board of Education member. "We've got a lot of taxpayers that are out of work and we need think about those people."

There was much discussion among the Board of Education to replenish all freshman sports rather than only keeping boys football and girls volleyball. According to figures given to the Board, there are about 20 girls who participate in volleyball at the freshman level, and 60 boys in the freshman football program.

In the end, there was a majority agreement that keeping the two sports had been decided at last week's public hearing, therefore, they should be left untouched.

The addition of strings adds $49,000 back into the budget, while an estimated $14,000 will be saved from unemployment expenses for this position. The Festival of Arts budget of $8,294 was also figured back into the 2010-11 budget after the Board decided this was another program where numerous students would benefit.

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