District seeks resident input

According to Weisz, committee members " since they are provided with a line-by-line budget " are able to ask very specific questions about the budget that is presented to them.

Kuon, whose daughter is in third grade at Altamont Elementary, said being involved in the committee is helpful as a resident of the district.

"It is important for me to understand how the school district operates," said Kuon. "I think many people do not view all sides of the district " as a business, a learning institution, a public entity and a workplace."

The board of education has requested that residents who are interested in joining the committee should respond as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, Feb. 16. Letters of interest may be submitted online at www.guilderlandschools.org or may be mailed to the Guilderland Board President c/o the Superintendent of Schools, 6076 State Farm Road, Guilderland 12084.

According to the statement asking for volunteers, 2007-2008 is expected to be another challenging budget year for local school districts.

"Costs are going up " utility costs, healthcare costs, pension costs " and we're trying to hold the line on tax increases," said Weisz.

The board will adopt a proposed budget in April, and the budget will be voted on by the public in May. ""

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