Monday, March 12, 2012

What's Next for the Spending Plan?

Congratulations to the demonstrators at Saturday's Legislative Breakfast!  Our Legislators haven't seen anyone other than School Board members and Superintendents at this function for at least twenty years.  This event has usually been very scripted.  So good for the demonstrators!

But what's next?  Both our NYS Senate and Assembly representatives didn't offer much more for our State Aid package than the $250 million that the Governor had set aside for competitive grants.  By the Alliance for Quality Education's calculations, Potsdam Central might get as much as $150,000 in additional State Aid.  There will still be a gap of over a million dollars. 

Make sure the School Board members and administrators know your thoughts about the proposed cuts.  You have three opportunities in the next couple of weeks.  Tomorrow, at the regular school board meeting, the members will be reviewing the spending plan.  It begins at 7:00 PM in the High School Library.  You may speak during two Public Comment opportunities.  Thursday, there is a Community Forum at 7:00 PM at the Middle School. This meeting is very interactive with many opportunities to speak your mind.   The next Finance Committee meeting is next Tuesday, the 20th, at 6:00 PM (time has been changed to this), also at the High School Library.  Chairperson Pat Turbett offers two Public Comment opportunities, if needed.

Demonstration is needed at these meetings if devastating cuts are to be avoided.  Don't miss the opportunities.

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