Dubik discusses upcoming budget with Caz students

— The New York education system has a rule that can be summarized thus: “Last hired, first fired.” Thankfully we have been able to get by without letting anyone go so far, decreasing the workforce solely through retirements.

Other suggestions included cutting elective courses with fewer than 10 students, an option the school has already looked into. Cutting the more expensive sports with few participants was also discussed. The option to cut modified sports was also brought about.

One of the students pushed back upon this idea saying that if we were looking for a larger tax base then cutting the lowest level of sports would not be a smart choice — the reason for this being that if our school has less options than others we will not be as high on a list of candidates for a new family moving to central New York. Even more practically than that: modified sports are the most highly participated in and cheapest programs we have so they should be the last ones cut.

The AP Government teacher, Kurt Wheeler, added: “We want to make Cazenovia the first choice for a family looking to move into central New York.”

The reason Dubik was looking for suggestions is because it is the students’ future and their families’ tax money. If anyone is unhappy with the decision that is eventually made then at least you will have known ahead of time and had the option to try and influence the outcome.

The board presents the budget to the public May 8 and the board budget vote is May 15. The board will internally vote on a budget that will be presented for a public vote on April 9.

Residents’ voices can be heard at the forums held on this issue between now and May. Students are urged to approach Dubik with their ideas; he said he will be more than happy to entertain them.

Nick Eshbaugh is a senior at Cazenovia High School and an AP Government student. Upon graduation, he plans to study Creative Writing for Entertainment at either Champlain College or Full Sail University.

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