Mohonasen School District seeks budget feedback

Through planned public meetings, which will be held through the winter and spring, the online survey and other communication efforts, the district plans to present information on the budget process and plan their priorities for the 2009-2010 school year.

"Most of the people [who have] responded have said they plan on attending at least one of our public budget meetings, which is great because the more community input we can get, the better," said Spring.

Spring also noted they have received pages and pages of responses that "run the gamut," and that she and her committee will go through the responses and make sure they are answering resident's questions and responding to their concerns as much as possible.

"I think everyone is speculating; we have information from the governor and we're hoping that it's the worst case scenario. We're hoping that there will be some kind of negotiation so that it's not as severe," said Leon of the budget cuts to school aid.

At the first meeting, officials will present the information they have gathered from the survey as well as what they have learned from the state, as well as their current budget goals. They will also solicit input and feedback from people who come to the meeting about what their priorities are.

The survey has been on the school's Web site since Thursday, Dec. 18, and will be available through Friday, Jan. 9. On Monday, Jan. 12, the district will hold its first community budget forum at 6 p.m. in the Farnsworth Technology Center at Mohonasen High School.

For information on future meetings, the budget planning process or to participate in the online survey, visit Mohonasen Central School District's Web site at www.mohonasen.org.""

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