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      Liverpool School District staff asked to take pay freeze

      Tomorrow, school districts across Central New York will get a glimpse at funding for the upcoming fiscal year. Governor Andrew Cuomo will present his first budget tomorrow. Without knowing how much funding will come from Albany, the Liverpool School District is taking a proactive approach to its budget deficit for 2011-2012 school year. Last week, all staff members were asked to take a pay freeze. School Board President Don Cook said it would save the district close to $1.5 million -- which is equivalent to about 30 jobs. The current budget gap is $4.5 million.

      Brian Mueller will have much more on this story tonight on the CW 6 News at 10, NBC 3 News at 11, and CBS 5 News at 11.

      Earlier Coverage:

      Staff members in the Liverpool School District are being asked to take a pay freeze for the upcoming year.

      School Board President Donald Cook confirmed those details to CNY Central tonight, saying the district is trying to take a proactive approach to its $4.5 million budget deficit for next school year. Cook said a letter from Superintendent Richard Johns went out earlier in the week, asking all staff members to consider taking the pay freeze. He said it would save the district close to $1.5 million, which is equivalent to roughly 30 jobs. It comes a year after the district was forced to slash 130 jobs.

      Cook said amount of state aid coming from Albany is still unknown.

      The budget is due to the school board on February 24th.