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North Syracuse: Main Street School has a chance

March 15 meeting shines light on future of Main Street program

Since the March 1 North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education meeting, revisions have been made to explore the livelihood of the Early Education Program at the Main Street School.

Right now, the board is reviewing a 3.3 tax percent increase based on reductions in staff, athletics and program specifics. For a home valued $100,000, the tax rate increase is $66 across the board for the towns of Salina, Clay and Cicero.

During the 7 p.m. March 15 Board of Education meeting, Wayne Bleau, NSCSD Assistant Superintendent for Management, once again presented specifics on the Main Street budget. At the time of the March 1 meeting, Bleau said that calculations for the program's fund balance resulted in an ending total of $1,240 by June 30, 2011.

If this were to be the case, then the district would be unable to continue the program, unless "cost reduction steps are taken," Bleau said, "a plan of action which has met resistance up to now."

"Assuming a projected operating deficit of approximately $626,426 during the 2010-11 school year," Bleau said. "We believe that the program can finish 2010-11 with a fund balance of approximately $477,563 plus $1,240."

This scenario, however, is only possible if staff reduction measures are taken, Bleau said.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Stanley Finkle made the following recommendations to the Board of Education:

Outsourced services for PT/OT/SP are for tuition paying students who receive related services. Currently, outside agencies are servicing these children.

Current staff in the program could service these preschool children. The program will increase revenue by $60,000 through this delivery model.

If followed, this reduction would have a fund balance of approximately $478,803 entering the 2011-12 school year, according to Finkle. Based on the 2010-11 proposed reductions of $477,563 and the available surplus of $478,803 on June 30, 2011, the program would be able to "operate in the black" during the 2011-12 school year.

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