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Budget passes, goals are in place for 2011-2012

The Liverpool District 2011-2012 budget passed, and with a sigh of relief. The vote came down to only 78 more votes in favor of the budget. One of the toughest parts of the budget voting process is getting voters out the door to vote, according to Liverpool School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns.

Approximately 2,400 voted this year. With an approximate 30,000 eligible voters in the Liverpool School District, a big vote for the district is 5,000 according to Johns.

"Some of the folks that would support an issue are busy and don't get out to vote," said Johns. "We did everything we could to get the word out-getting them to show up at the polls is difficult."

2010 was a rough year for the district with the closing of Wetzel Road Elementary and 130 positions cut. But the 2011-2012 budget will cut only a total of 16 positions, six of them being teachers.

Even with cuts, Johns is focused on using every bit of the budget to provide the best resources available to his administration and Liverpool students across the board.

"It's not about how can we squeeze more money out of taxpayers. Its how can we squeeze more out of our money," said Johns.

Every single Liverpool District building in the last two years has had goals in place, according to Johns. Each building has a school excellence facilitator, challenge goal and a reading results goal.

"What I've tried to instill is a thirst to bring every child to the highest level," said Johns. "Our conversations are about where is education going, not where is it coming from."

One of his accomplishments, and goals moving forward, is simple teamwork.

"Teach the right thing. Teach the thing, the right way," smiled Johns.

Technology is one facet of Johns' philosophy that will be acted on in 2011-2012. By giving administrators and teachers more tools, they can provide better lesson plans and interact more proficiently and effectively with students.

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