North Syracuse School Superintendent Kim Dyce Faucette is urging voters to approve the district's latest budget proposal claiming that a defeat would be "drastic."
Faucette and Associate Superintendent Don Keegan called reporters to the district's headquarters Friday morning to publicize the revised budget which will come up for a vote on June 18th.
The budget increases overall spending by $4,754,784 which would increase the district's tax levy by 3.45%. It calls for the elimination of one building administrator's position, a part-time administrator, 7 teachers, 10 teaching assistants, cuts to the athletic department's budget amounting to 16%, and other cost saving measures.
On May 21st, voters defeated a proposed budget that would have increased taxes by 5.33%.
Faucette warned that if the revised budget is also defeated, she would be forced to cut an additional $3,621,388 in order the keep property taxes at their current levels. She says such a reduction would force the district to cut all athletic programs, all extra-curricular activities, further cuts to administrative staff and support services along with fewer teachers which would result in larger class size.
"Think of a district that doesn't have sports and extra-curricular. That's how drastic this is." she said.
Keegan pointed out that in terms of per pupil spending, North Syracuse rank 22nd out of 23 districts in the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES region.
Faucette and Keegan say voters should go to thedistrict's website for further information and email administrators with questions about the revised