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Input sought on cuts to Mohonasen budget

Input sought on cuts to Mohonasen budget

Residents are invited to provide input into how the Mohonasen Central School District should cut its

Residents are invited to provide input into how the Mohonasen Central School District should cut its 2012-13 budget at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the high school’s Farnsworth Technology Center.

During the last three years, Mohonasen has implemented $7 million in budget cuts and savings including cutting teacher, administrative and support positions; reduced spending for operations, maintenance, technology and athletics; and obtaining concessions from employees.

School officials are bracing for another multimillion-dollar budget gap because of dwindling state aid and the state’s new property tax levy cap.

Maintaining the existing programs would result in a budget of $46.2 million, $3.3 million more than the current budget, so the district will be looking at all spending that is not mandated by the state. At a recent board meeting, Superintendent Kathleen Spring said as many as 34 to 47 jobs could be eliminated.

People who plan to attend the meeting are encouraged to send an email to aleon@mohonasen.org or call 356-8250.

Another forum is scheduled for Feb. 29 at the same time and place.

Community members can also participate online through a video and chat interface at http://breeze.neric.org/mohonbudget and log in as a guest.

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