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Mohonasen school board shares budget concerns

Only hours after reports tied Governor Eliot Spitzer to a prostitution ring, Mohonasen officials held their final meeting of a public budget workshop to review the 2008-2009 proposed school budget on Monday, March 10.

The workshop was followed by a presentation by Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Amsterdam, to the school board discussing the proposed state budget.

While more than 30 volunteers and school officials discussed revenues and state aid in relation to the proposed $42 million budget, a pallor was cast over the proceedings by the uncertainty of the governor's future. More specifically, officials were concerned about the future of the governor's proposed education funding which would send approximately $19 million in total aid to the district.

I'm a little nervous at this time after today's events, said Denise Swezey, assistant superintendent for business, "I don't know where anything is going to take us."

Swezey and the budget review committee have been working on the proposed budget since January.

Still, Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Spring said the district's vote will move forward.

"We'll have our vote," said Dr. Spring. "And we'll take a leap of faith."

Dr. Spring called it a "historic day" and said that like many New Yorkers she was uncertain about the future of the state's leadership and that she was concerned that the fallout from the Spitzer scandal could affect the state's already arduous budget process.

"I would simply hope that what he's already proposed remains stable," she said.

The Board of Education expects to adopt the budget on April 21, which will then go before district voters on Tuesday, May 20.

Amedore sounds off

Amedore said Sate House and Senate will continue to work for the people to make sure the budget gets passed on time and to ensure educational opportunities for children in the Mohonasen school district in his presentation to the school board.

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