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Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School plans first budget forum

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Photo by Keith Lobdell.

Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School will host its first public forum on the 2013-14 budget process Feb. 14.

ELCS Superintendent Scott Osborne said the board of education encourages district residents to participate in conversations pertaining to developing the school budget for next year.

“Promoting community engagement has been a priority this school year at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School,” Osborne said. “Earlier this past fall, the District conducted a stakeholder survey and learned some valuable information about the school from our community. We’re looking for more feedback, this time focused on developing the school budget for next year.”

The Feb. 14 public forum is the first in a series of gatherings intended to help the school board make the most informed choices possible in the weeks and months ahead.

As a result, all residents of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District are encouraged to take part in the school district’s public forum on budget development slated for 6 p.m. until no later than 7 p.m. in the conference room adjacent to the main entrance of the school.

Those attending will be asked to help identify several topics, including how to increase operating efficiency and expand partnerships with other school districts and/or municipalities in the years ahead as part of continuing to operate as cost effectively as possible; what priorities and strategies should be considered as part of navigating through this tight financial environment, with the interest of preserving the strengths of our school district even as we continue to experience reductions in student enrollment; and specific suggestions to increase cost effectiveness of a particular program, function, operation or procedure that would reduce costs, conserve time and/or resources?

A packet of materials will be provided to each district resident attending, Osborne said.

following the forum, the board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room. During the meeting, it’s anticipated the Board will:

• Receive the recently established administrative protocols associated with policies on field trips and excursions; and student transportation in private vehicles.

• Receive the Superintendent/Principal’s winter 2013 report on information technology at ELCS.

• Receive a report on the status of APPR implementation at ELCS.

• Examine a data-based update on the school district’s bus fleet.

• Discuss the National Snapshot report regarding school budget cuts and national forecasts.

• Examine the Superintendent/Principal’s summary analysis of the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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