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Liverpool community poses school budget inquiries

Community member attendance was clearly down at the 7 p.m. Feb. 22 Liverpool Central School District Board of Education meeting held at the Liverpool High School Auditorium.

Tonight's meeting followed LCSD Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns' 2010-11 budget proposal that boasted a full house attendance that took up part of the lobby as well.

While numbers were down, concerns were still plenty among those who attended. More than eight community members spoke during the public communications portion of the meeting.

As Board Member Patricia DeBona-Rosier mentioned toward the end of the meeting, many residents appeared to be "disappointed" because they probably "expected a reply."

All questions surrounding the high school academy proposal are being deferred to a special meeting to be held March 1 at the LHS Auditorium, Johns said. A presentation covering the academy proposal will be made during the special meeting, which Johns said he felt would be a good time for posed questions to be answered.

One six-year Liverpool resident, Mary Ann Calzada, posed several questions and concerns to the Board of Education.

Like many other concerned residents, Calzada asked how new furniture and building modifications would be made to Wetzel Road and Morgan Road elementary schools in order for high school kids to be accommodated.

Calzada said she was unsure of how the academy would come together in less than six months, especially since she spoke to administrative personnel at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, a district that Johns has used as a model for various components he has proposed for Liverpool.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are located in Charlotte, N.C.

"I heard dead air over the phone," Calzada said about her conversation with a representative of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. "This cannot be done in four or five months without more research and information."

Calzada said that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools representative said the academy style schools "were something they worked up to over several years of community input."

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