Monday, February 24, 2014

Budget Season is upon us . . . 

       As we sit and listen to the Governor and our political spokespeople who represents us in Albany, it amazes me how the lack of communication and collaboration actually leads to real decisions.  Anyways, considering the Governor has produced an on-time April 1st budget over the past several years, it is my expectation that trend will continue.

     Our timeline and practical layout for producing our Liverpool Central School budget began back in November when the Board of Education approved the budget calendar.   Since that time, we have established a Budget Advisory Team (BAT) that has spent many hours together developing and designing a multi-year plan for aligning and supporting both the needs and the resources necessary for meeting the prioritized components.  The budget presentation will be delivered to the Board of Education tonight (Monday, February 24th @ 7:00pm).  The intent of this presentation is to simply inform the Board of our (BAT) progress towards meeting the expectations of providing a balanced budget that is fiscally responsible and meets the programming needs of our students. Next steps include working with our fiscal advisors in awaiting further information from Albany (Assemblymen Stirpe, Assemblymen Roberts, Senator Valesky, and Senator DeFrancisco) assuming the Legislature will be modifying the Governor's original proposed budget; we will also be working with the Board to shore our multi-year development process.  The final steps in building our 2014-2015 operating budget include Board approval on April 7th, presenting the budget components to the community at the Public Hearing held on Thursday, May 8th . . . followed by the budget vote on Tuesday, May 20th.

     Here's to hoping our 'polar vortex' has seen the last of central New York! yup, like many others, I too am tired of the snow, wind, cold, and just plain winter weather.  Spring sports are shortly upon us.  Varsity and junior varsity practices will begin on Monday, March 10th . . . followed up by the Modified or Junior High team try-outs and practices.  Speaking of winter (and the winter sports seasons - Good Luck to the remaining athletes representing Liverpool -- these include several indoor boys and girls track athletes and the several boys swimmers.  Congratulations to the teams/athletes that have concluded their 2013-2014 sports seasons).

     Lastly, Just a reminder of the upcoming Capital Project Referendum Vote scheduled for Thursday, March 20th from 6am - 9pm at the Liverpool High School Gymnasium.  We will be conducting many presentations at several locations/functions.  Our web page lists the various dates, times, and locations.  The public is certainly invited to attend any of the scheduled informational sessions.  Also, if your group would like to have the presentation provided - please contact our Office for Administrative Services at 622-7147.

Thank You and "Think Spring"

Mark F. Potter