Liverpool super introduces alternate technology plan

LCSD board of education readies for budget proposal

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education met for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday Jan. 25 at the district office building.

Board of education vice president F. Joseph Unangst suggested that the 2010-11 Superintendent's Budget Proposal be presented at the Liverpool High School Auditorium because the regular meeting room might not facilitate the number of community members that will attend. The board agreed.

Another shot at the plan

LCSD Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns spoke during the majority of the presentation as this revised plan will be included in his budget proposal to be revealed in two weeks.

Johns stressed the idea that he views much of the district's equipment as forms of "aging technology."

"We need a plan that gets us back in the game," Johns said. "The acquisition will be tough, we need to find ways to get it into the budget."

Rather than commit to a five-year investment under the current board's vote, Johns suggested a yearly plan instead. It will be a multi-year lease with heavy reliance on BOCES funding.

The plan that will be incorporated into Johns' Feb. 8 budget proposal are the following:

1. A cash purchase for the 2010-11 school year of infrastructure and base elements for the district at an estimated cost of $1,980,000. The cash investment will lessen the risk of a first-year lease.

2. The second year will need approval from the board to continue into a $3.5 million lease for the 2011-12 school year. This lease will involve annual leasing payments of $875,000.

3. The district will receive an estimated amount of $1,485,000 or 75 percent of the prior payment. The rebated funds will be pooled into the overall cost of the technology plan.

4. The net lease cost (estimated as of Jan. 25) will be $290,000.

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