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North Syracuse BOE lists uncollected tax percentage

The North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education met in the Cicero-North Syracuse High School Auditorium for the year-end meeting on Monday Dec. 20. During the meeting, the Board discussed the amendment to the district's Flag Display policy as well as co-curricular advisor positions at Roxboro Road Middle School, listened to the tax collector's final reports, and acknowledged outstanding students.

As part of the district's flag display policy, the flags outside the schools are flown at half-staff in the event of "the death of a former or present employee, staff member or Board of Education member" under the direction of the superintendent. This was not stated in the original policy, and was amended and readopted during the Dec. 20 meeting.

The board also discussed the fate of two co-curricular advisor positions at Roxboro Road Middle School. After the retirement of the Yorker's Club and Lifesavers Club advisors, no one applied to fill the positions, so the board decided to abolish these two jobs and create two general service positions which would be filled by advisors of a proposed new Fitness Club effective Dec. 21. The new advisors have not yet been named.

During the meeting, David Allard, director of business operations and treasurer noted that the district's tax collector's final reports were complete, and that this year's percentage of uncollected taxes in the towns of Cicero, Salina and Clay is up from last year's percentage despite the current economic hard times. Last year, the percentage of uncollected taxes was 6.13 percent. For the year 2010/2011, the percentage is 6.15 percent, which totals $3,479,740.82. This listing will be forwarded to the Onondaga County Treasurer for reimbursement.

Finally, the Board also took time to recognize the Fall 2010 Scholar Athletes at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, as well as four outstanding students that earned perfect scores on the 2010 Grade 4 NYS Elementary-Level Science Test. These students were recognized during a presentation by the Director of Science John Rice. The students include Natalie Ackerman and Julia Digiulio from Smith Road Elementary, James Harte from Cicero Elementary and Michael Middleton from Lakeshore Road Elementary.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday Jan. 3, 2011 at the Administrative offices, 5355 W. Taft Road in North Syracuse.

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