Richard Weisz, the president of the board, announced a series of meetings scheduled for the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and asked concerned residents to join and help prioritize services and expenditures for 2009-2010.
"This year is going to be highly unusual," Weisz said.
The district is facing a decision on how to allocate emergency funds, which total upwards of $4.3 million, said Assistant Superintendent of Business Neil Sanders. In addition to the $4.3 million, the district has money allocated for other expenses, such as $93,340.40 for unemployment, $816,130.17 for employee benefits, $1,024,511.40 for workers' compensation, $55,015.65 for repair reserve, $125,120.29 for tax certiorari, and $319,094.52 for retirement contribution.
The first meeting of the citizen advisory committee is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at Guilderland High School in the Large Group Instruction room.
There will also be an orientation for new members at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. Additional meetings are planned for March 5, 12, 17, and 19, with the last date serving as a "spill over," or rain date, Weisz said.
Weisz said all residents are welcome to join, and no prior experience is needed. He added that sitting on the committee is a good way to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to become a member of the Board of Education.
McGuire said there were 26 members on last year's committee and the district will try to work with however many individuals apply.
Friday, Feb. 13, is the deadline to submit an e-mail or letter of intent to be on the committee.
For information, contact the Office of the Superintendent at 456-6200, ext. 3102.