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Proposed Liverpool budget for 2013-14 calls for 2.82 percent tax increase

— “You can make very effective people ineffective by burdening them,” Johns said.

The board will continue to discuss and modify the budget at future BOE meetings. The board must approve a budget by Monday, April 8. The budget vote will be held Tuesday, May 21.

This year’s school budget vote will also include a proposition on universal busing. The district has provided the service since 2007, but the proposal never went to a public vote; it was just voted on by the board. The board must put it to a public referendum and have the public approve universal busing so that they can continue the program.

“Only the voting populace can determine whether we’re going to provide busing beyond what the state mandates,” Johns said. “We really jeopardize the entire program if we don’t put a vote to the people.”

The proposed wording of the proposition is available on the district’s website. In addition, literature will soon be mailed throughout the district.

In other business:

The search for the LCSD’s new superintendent is underway. BOE President Patricia DeBona-Rosier said that all positions on the district’s stakeholder committees have been filled. The groups were to meet with Dr. Lucy Martin of Castallo and Silky Consultants, the firm helping the district find a new superintendent, on Tuesday.

In addition, a meeting will be held for the public at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the district office to discuss the progress made in the search so far and the qualifications for which the community is looking in a superintendent.

The board will hold a work session after the meeting.

Two students have petitioned the district to allow them to compete on teams in other districts because the LCSD doesn’t offer those particular sports. DeBona-Rosier said the parents have agreed to assume all the costs.

Board member Donald Cook asked who assumes the liability for those students competing with other schools’ teams.

“I have no problem with the concept that if we don’t provide a team and somebody else does, they can go and do that.” Cook said. “But we have no managerial say over who is working with that student. Do we get some kind of waiver or something?”

Neither Johns or Athletic Director George Mangicaro had a definitive answer, but Mangicaro said he would look into it.

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