The Liverpool Central School District wants to hear your questions and comments on the budget.
Superintendent Richard Johns is proposing 30 layoffs and a 4.4% tax hike to close a budget gap of $11.5 million dollars. He presented his budget Monday night, and is now asking for feedback online.
Last year Liverpool School Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns proposed cutting 130 jobs to close a budget gap. This year the district is facing an 11.5 million dollar budget gap but the Dr. Johns says only 30 positions need to be cut - if taxpayers are willing to chip in.
Interested parents, teachers and neighbors filled the board room for the Superintendent's proposed budget presentation. The crowd was so large, several people had to watch from outside in the hall.
Johns' proposed budget relies on less state aid but some one time federal stimulus help, cuts in student programs, eliminating 30 positions and hope that Liverpool taxpayers will accept a 4.4% tax hike. 16 of the 30 eliminated positions would be teachers.
"The kind of cuts that I'm recommending tonight, I don't even think are good for public education. They're the best thing you can do in a bad situation but I'm sure there are going to be a lot of folks who are saying that's not what we ought to be cutting," said Johns.
Before the presentation, some parents openly questioned why there wasn't enough trust between the teachers union and the superintendent for teachers to accept a pay freeze that would save jobs and money as West Genesee teachers recently did.
"Sadly we don't have that in our community at this time and because of that these cuts do have to take place and the only ones who will lose out are the children," said parent Sharon Yager.
As part of the budget Superintendent Johns said he wants to move forward with a plan to have a special academy for high school students at risk of dropping out. Johns said the academy would have about 90 students in the first year. He also recommended the district spend $2.7 million on new technology since 75% of that would be rebated to the district next year.
Click here to look at the superintendent's budget presentation.
Click here to read the budget proposal draft.