continued “We need students,” Dubik said. “We need affordable housing in the community for young families [with children]. That’s what we need.”
Another challenge for the school district in 2013 is financial — an annual budget with cost increases but revenue losses, and a reduction in state aid of $1 million every year.
“We want to be efficient, save money and consolidate while continuing our high academics,” Dubik said.
But the superintendent offered more positive news than negative, citing many of the district’s numerous successes during the past year such as Burton Street Elementary winning the national Blue Ribbon Award and being named one of the top 100,000 schools in the country. The district has also consistently been named one of the top districts — with the tops schools — in the region and the state in various surveys and publications, he said. On top of that, the high school academic decathlon team recently placed first in sectional competition and now goes on to state competition.
Monforte gave a brief overview of town happenings as well as county happenings, since he also sits on the county board of supervisors. He mentioned the town’s current efforts to regulate heavy trucking on town roads to protect infrastructure from possible heavy use by gas drilling or other heavy industries. He also said the town has applied for a grant to build a hydroelectric plant at the wastewater treatment center to power the plant using stream energy. “We think we have a really good shot [at the grant],” he said.
Monforte said the county continues its Buy Local campaign, saying that if county residents spend $3.52 or more within Madison County every day — such as buying gas locally rather than once people drive across the nearby Onondaga County line — it would generate enough revenue to cover all nonprofit support the county offers.