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Increased state aid helps school budget process

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Thank heavens: for once, New York State just made the Cazenovia School Board’s job a little bit easier.

State aid to the Cazenovia 2013-14 school budget will be increasing by over $600,000 next year. That’s more than enough to eliminate the projected budget gap announced in the Republican’s reporting from the school board meeting of March 18.

The extra money should — if the school board is listening — easily save the job of Mary Kate Lonergan, widely known as a beloved teacher in the core social science program, whose position is on the chopping block. In addition to her teaching load, Ms. Lonergan serves as adviser to the student council; she also coaches the Mock Trial team, in which dozens of Caz High students have public speaking competitions with other regional high schools. On top of all that, on many afternoons and evenings she tutors kids looking for extra help. Being one of the most junior members of the faculty, she isn’t paid a big salary, either. She brings a lot of value for the money.

That sounds like a good deal to me. We need more, not fewer, teachers like her. I hope that the school board will see the wisdom of putting people first on their list of priorities to defend.

DAN CHAMBLISS

CAZENOVIA

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