"That's just not going to happen, though" said Bleau. "The board would never approve such a high tax increase, and the community would never vote to approve it."
Prior to the meeting, Superintendent Jerome Melvin stated that while the district is keeping its options open on making changes and cuts to the budget to facilitate the millions of dollars in losses the district faces, there are currently no talks about employee pay freezes like those proposed in the Liverpool and West Genesee school districts.
Recent gifts to the school district were also acknowledged by the board. Phyllis Baisuck, grandmother to a pre-K child, donated $500 to the North Syracuse Early Education Program; and $303.76 was donated by the Friends of North Syracuse Early Education Program to purchase folding tables to for the program.
The board also recognized Isis Daniel, a substitute teaching assistant at Roxboro Road Middle School, for her "quick thinking and ability," after she performing the Heimlich maneuver on fifth-grader Aidan Van Benthuhuysen after he choked on a piece of breakfast.
The board also discussed a proposal to add an access road at Lakeshore Road from Cicero Elementary school to relieve congestion during morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal. The estimated cost of the project is $35,000. A detailed project bid will be presented to the board in March.
The next board of education meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Administrative Offices, 5355 West Taft Road, North Syracuse.