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North Syracuse schools: Department heads discuss budgets

— Mathematics and business

Though the math budget showed a 0 percent increase from 2011-12 to 2012-13, the department did offer suggestions to cut costs. They included:

Eliminating the SAT Prep course

Reducing sections in the following courses (increase class size):

College Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Algebra 2/Trig Honors

Geometry

Algebra

Alternate Computer electives (six total) every other year

The business department had the following suggestions to save money:

Eliminate the Career Center at the junior high

Eliminate the following courses due to low enrollment:

Business Economics

Teen Leadership

Personal Financial Literacy

Fashion Marketing

Offer “Understanding Today’s Business World” and “Financial Analysis” every other year

Technology department

The tech department reduced its budget by 1.3 percent by relying on state-aided materials and reducing salaries. In addition, the library media budget has held steady since last year.

The board will hold additional meetings to discuss the proposed budget at 7 p.m. March 12 and 26 and April 16. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 8.

The board will hold its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. March 19 in the auditorium of the North Syracuse Junior High School, 5353 W. Taft Road.

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