Mohonasen School District seeks budget feedback

The Mohonasen Central School District is looking for feedback from the community regarding next year's school budget.

Following Gov. David Paterson's announcement last month that there will likely be a $700 million decline in state funding for education, Mohonasen Central School District officials are bracing themselves for a $1.5 million, or 8 percent, decrease in state aid. To that end, they are asking residents to complete an online survey regarding the budget and budget process.

We know we're looking at a tough budget year and I think the primary goal of the survey is to reach out to the community and find out what people's priorities are while planning our budget for next year, said Kathleen Spring, Mohonasen Central School District superintendent.

Last year, the district used a budget advisory committee to discuss the budget and get community feedback, but according to Adrienne Leon, Mohonasen Central School District communications coordinator, they would like to receive more input this year.

"People didn't seem to attend the public presentations in the numbers that we wanted, so we tried to figure out ways to get feedback from the community and get people more involved," said Leon of the online survey.

The survey asks questions including, but not limited to, whether or not members of the community will attend budget meetings where they can learn more about what's happening, how the meetings should be run to make them the most informative and effective, and what the priorities are for next year's budget in terms of what will and will not be cut.

"[People] still want to support a quality education but I think people are stretched [financially] I glanced at a couple of responses and that seems to be the tone," said Leon.

Spring also noted that people are listing maintaining core academics as their main priority.

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