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Liverpool discusses district technology plan

Talks of spending up to $9 million over five years

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education gave all who attended an idea of what the future of technology could entail during the Monday night meeting Jan. 11 at the district office.

LCSD Superintendent Dr. Richard N. Johns headed up most of the discussion as he has worked extensively with the preliminary acquisition plans with Katherine Phillips, the LCSD assistant superintendent for supportive services.

Johns explained that the district will receive an estimated $1.89 million rebate from Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES after the first year within a proposed five-year lease agreement. The total of the acquisition is said, "not to exceed $9 million," according to Phillips.

The agreement was described as a "naked investment," according to Johns since there won't be a return on investment as it will be included in the Feb. 8 Superintendent's Budget Proposal.

Johns said there could be possibilities of fund-equities, but that the district does not have a full grasp on that area of the financial commitment as of yet. As many board members and attendees wondered what types of specific equipment would be purchased, Johns said he wanted to use the time during Monday's meeting to look at the acquisition and financial planning, rather than the specifics right now.

Board member Patricia DeBona-Rosier asked what "percentage of teachers would be involved on what equipment would be purchased," and whether or not a sub-committee would be formed to assist in the decision-making.

Johns said teachers, but also different departments would also advise the purchasing before the decision came full-circle to the board.

Phillips said the board will be given all the possible options for fund-equities and the option to create a "rainy day fund" to ensure monies for an unexpected expense within the district.

"If something happens, that's where that 'something' comes from," she said.

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