Liverpool residents petition district FOCUS Academy, Dr. Johns

Ruf, mother of three daughters that graduated from the district and a former district substitute teacher, has seen the district work from the inside for years.

"I started connecting the dots and realizing things don't add up," she said. A supporter of the arts and foe of the current block scheduling, Ruf said she has been vocal in the district since at least 2004, and the board of education has "absolutely not" been welcoming to community feed back. She said she hopes the petitions will bring about change to the district.

The petition to remove Superintendent Johns reads:

"The signatures attached to this petition represent the voices of individuals who look to you, the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education, to act in the best interest of the taxpayers, students, faculty and staff of the Liverpool Central School District. It is our belief that if Dr. Johns remains the superintendent of this district, this cannot be accomplished. He should resign or be removed."

The petition to remove the FOCUS Academy from the 2011-2012 budget states:

"It is our belief that the board needs to remove the F.O.C.U.S Academy from the 2011-2012 school budget before it is adopted at the board's meeting, currently scheduled for April 11, 2011."

Lisa Reed, who has a son in eighth grade at Soule Road Middle School, was one of the many supporters that came out to sign the petitions on Saturday. Her main concern was with the FOCUS Academy, which she thought was just being used as a tool to generate more state funding.

"The focus should be on the kids that actually want to learn," she said. As for Dr. Johns, she said she would like to see him gone because she doesn't agree with his visions for the district.

"The sad thing is, he'll eventually be gone, but our kids will still be here dealing with the mess he leaves behind," she said.

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