Liverpool community poses school budget inquiries

Having a child enrolled in third and fifth grade classes at WRE; Calzada said she fears what will happen to elementary age children if focus is put primarily on the high school.

"I don't want the elementary kids sacrificed for the high school students who have already had their chance," Calzada said.

Equally concerned for the district's future, Rachel Broedel, a Liverpool resident of 11 years with children in third and fifth grade at MRE, spoke directly to the board and how they represent the taxpayers.

Broedel said she didn't agree with having the "elementary kids robbed so that Liverpool can say they have an academy."

While Broedel said she was aware that Johns had mentioned that tough decisions were in order for the district, she found it hard to believe that his superintendent's proposal was "thought up in a few short weeks."

Broedel suspects that this was a "political agenda" and has little to do with the community's perspective on where the district's future will go.

"It's very insulting," Broedel said. "It shouldn't be politics as usual. I will do whatever I can to see this budget proposal defeated."

Other discussion

There was some discussion on the construction being done on Liverpool Elementary and Liverpool Middle School as a secondary reflection on the current budget. The district has currently invested about $3 million in this project.

The item was decided to be tabled during the March 22 meeting when a vote could be taken after discussion.

There will be a Long Range Facility Planning Committee meeting at 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at the LCSD District Office. The special meeting with a presentation on the academy proposal will be held at 7 p.m. March 1 at the LHS Auditorium.

The Board of Education will also hold a budget workshop meeting at 7 p.m. March 8 at the district office. No public input will be taken at the March 8 meeting.

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