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Caz BOE presents preliminary 2012-13 budget

Community voices concerns of cuts to staff, academic programming

Cazenovia Central School District residents, students, parents and educators listen as board of education members discuss the preliminary 2012-13 budget during the March 12 meeting. One more public budget work session is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 26 in the large group instruction room of Cazenovia High School.

Cazenovia Central School District residents, students, parents and educators listen as board of education members discuss the preliminary 2012-13 budget during the March 12 meeting. One more public budget work session is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 26 in the large group instruction room of Cazenovia High School. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— The support staff will be reduced by 1.5 positions, saving $39,000; athletic programs will see a $22,000 decrease; and reductions at the administrative level will save the district $60,000.

Dubik listed a number of areas he and the board may consider for additional cuts, including the girls swimming program, a high school social studies position, a bus driver, a clerical position, a teaching-assistant position, weight room advisors, late-bus routes, the seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls basketball programs, computer technology and broadcasting programs as well as agricultural programming.

“We’ve done too good of a job with programming,” Dubik said. “The kids have too much to choose from.”

Numerous residents, parents, instructors and students spoke in favor of academic programs during the public communications. Cazenovia High School senior Molly Woodworth, an agriculture student and member of the Future Farmers of America, asked board members to consider cuts to academic programming as an absolute worst-case-scenario.

“As a voting member of the community and a student, I am devoted to ‘a tradition of excellence and equity,’ as our school motto states. It saddens me that we are looking at cutting the [agriculture] program. It saddens me in general that we’re looking at cuts to any academic programs at all,” Woodworth said. “I would like to see as few academic changes for my younger brother and all the other students as possible ... While I agree that sports are important for having well rounded students, I feel that academics should be the last thing thrown on the chopping block.

The Cazenovia BOE rescheduled its March 19 meeting to 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the large group instruction room at the high school. Board members will continue discussion on the budget as they move toward finalizing details. The public is encouraged to attend.

The 2012-13 budget will be finalized by board members in April, and voted on by the community May 15.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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