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North Syracuse in crisis: Budget projects $30 million deficit in five years

— As a way to cut costs, the district will examine the governor’s pension funding alternative, which would allow them to defer about $3 million in pension costs next year.

As it stands, North Syracuse spends less per pupil than nearly all schools covered by Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, at a rate of $14,306. That number is also the lowest among school districts its size.

Dyce’s budget projections paint a portrait of a dreary future in the district. Because the district has relied so heavily on its fund balance in the last few years, and if state aid doesn’t increase, the district faces a deficit of $30,024,949 by 2017.

“New York state needs to increase funding for public education,” she said. “That’s the only answer.”

The entire budget proposal is available on the district’s web site. The board must adopt a budget by April 22; it will go to a vote on May 21.

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