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Proposed Liverpool school budget revealed

A full house with Liverpool community members spilling into the foyer of the Liverpool High School Auditorium was the scene of tonight's board of education meeting.

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. to hear Superintendent Dr. Richard Nick Johns' 2010-11 budget proposal.

Several parents of Wetzel Road Elementary students were in attendance to voice their support for the school that was confirmed to be Johns' choice for building closure. Signs that read, "We love Wetzel," and "Save Wetzel," were waved in the air as the presentation unfolded.

WRE is being suggested, according to Johns, because there is currently a capacity of82 percent, which is far off the goal of 97 percent school capacity.

In a recent report from the Star-Review, Johns said that a utilization report performed by Educorps revealed that one school be closed this year and another be closed by 2012 in order to secure funding stability.

"If we close that building (Wetzel Road Elementary) we will be at 87 percent capacity," Johns said.

Johns said one school will need to be closed by the fall of 2011 and another will be closed by the fall of 2012.

The next school that will close is Morgan Road Elementary, according to Johns' current projection. The district will put off the second building closure until 2012 so not to exceed 100 percent capacity, Johns said.

"I looked at Wetzel Road first because it's near two buildings that can readily receive students," Johns said.

WRE students would then be divided between Elmcrest Elementary and Willow Field Elementary.

The WRE building will be converted into the LHS Academy, according to Johns' proposal.

After Johns gave his proposal, BOE member Donna Marsh O'Connor said that no school in the community would want to come forward and offer to be closed.

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