Administrators begin review of 2012-13 district budget

— The Baldwinsville Central School District has begun developing the 2012-13 budget. This month district administrators will begin presenting their budget components to the Board of Education. The presentations begin with the Nov. 21 board meeting. You can find a calendar of all of the meeting dates and the components to be discussed at each meeting on the board’s page of the district’s website, bville.org.

I encourage you to attend the meetings for an explanation of how district funds will be spent in each area of the budget. At each meeting, after the Board reviews a budget component, the floor is opened to questions and comments about the budget component from the public. The board is providing this comment period at each meeting to receive your input and to provide you with clarification on any items.

The board wants to make the budget process as transparent as possible and to provide tax payers with opportunities to voice their opinions on how their tax dollars will be spent in this weak economy so that the budget that the board adopts on April 2, 2012, reflects what the school district community is willing and able to support. The district’s number one goal remains to preserve quality instruction that the community can support.

The dismal economy has touched everyone in our school district community in some way. We are facing these economic challenges as a community, and it is as a community that we must determine how to cut costs, reduce spending and become more efficient while protecting instruction.

Facilities feasibility study

At the end of October, I began meeting with the Facilities Feasibility Study Committee to explore how the district uses its buildings. The committee is composed of about 50 people, community members and staff members, who have volunteered to serve on it. We are objectively examining data such as enrollment trends, building capacity and operating costs across the elementary schools.

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