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Administrators begin review of 2012-13 district budget

— You may have heard a rumor that the district is going to close a school. I want to assure you that the district has not determined that it is going to close a school. As many of you are aware, we have decreasing enrollment and it is critical that we have open discussions regarding building utilization. The district is in an exploratory phase, which is why the Facilities Feasibility Study Committee was established.

The uncertain economy, decreasing revenues and increasing unfunded mandates will have a significant impact on our budget development. The district must be prudent and research all possibilities for cost containment and cost savings. We would be remiss if we did not consider our building usage, taking into consideration historical data on enrollment trends as well as forecasts for future enrollment trends.

Our enrollment has been decreasing over the last several years. This downward trend is being experienced regionally and across the state. You can review the district’s data on enrollment for the last 10 years on the district website: bville.org/tfiles/folder2032/DistrictHistoricalData.pdf.

The Facilities Feasibility Study Committee will be meeting through the end of November to develop a recommendation on building usage. I will present the committee’s recommendation to the Board of Education by the end of January. Look for community updates on this issue on the district website as well as through our district email news service and the district newsletter.

District survey

Thank you to everyone – parents, students and staff members – who participated in the survey the district conducted in October. The Washington–Saratoga–Warren–Hamilton - Essex BOCES is currently tabulating the results. After the Board of Education and district administrators review the results, they will be available online as well as in a future district newsletter early this winter.

I wish everyone a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Jeanne Dangle is the superintendent of the Baldwinsville Central School District.

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