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Caz BOE solicits community input, works toward 2012-13 budget

More than 100 students, parents, educators and tax-payers attended the April 2 meeting of the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education in the high school auditorium. The board will vote on the official budget April 16.

More than 100 students, parents, educators and tax-payers attended the April 2 meeting of the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education in the high school auditorium. The board will vote on the official budget April 16. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— While this is already done with sports like football, soccer and lacrosse, residents argued the winter sport is important to all of the players and increasing the competition among students would leave many behind. “By reducing team size, you’ll be taking opportunities away from students,” said Eighth Grade Girls Basketball Coach Mark Evans.

Items still being considered for cuts on the upcoming budget include one teaching assistant position, providing $37,000; one-and-a-half support staff positions, providing $39,000; weight room advisors, the girls swim team and the seventh-grade boys and girls basketball teams, providing $22,000; as well as $60,000 of administrative costs, which are partially covered by the departure of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Donna Fountain.

Other ideas posed by residents included cutting cooking classes and moving volleyball from fall back to winter, so girls who may be cut from the potential modified basketball team will have another option.

Board members thanked all who attended and spoke, saying all comments will be taken into consideration as they continue toward crafting the official 2012-13 budget. “The board has not decided on anything, and is still examining everything,” said BOE Vice President Karin Marris.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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