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Scarsdale School Board Plans Public Budget Forums

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - The Scarsdale Board of Education has announced it will hold two community budget forums.

The first Community Budget Forum will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Room 170-72 in the Board of Education Offices  on the Brewster Road side of Scarsdale High School.

The second forum is planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Girl Scout House, 37 Wayside Lane.

Scarsdale Public Schools Superintendent Michael McGill and Assistant Superintendent Linda Purvis have spoken extensively at School Board meetings about the potential effects of the new state 2 percent tax levy cap on the 2012-13 budget. These forums, they have said, are a way for the community to get more information and to have some input into the process.

Scarsdale voters will be asked to approve the budget on May 15. If the budget comes in above the cap, it will take 60 percent of the voters to pass it.

"It's going to be a tough situation for school districts around the state," Purvis said after a presentation to the school board in November, and warned of potential dramatic cuts in programs and personnel if the district mujst meet the cap.

The district is also planning two other meetings that are not expected to be open to the public:

  • Special Board Meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, Board Conference Room in the Board of Education Offices. It is expected that the Board will enter executive session to discuss its mid-year self-assessment.
  • Special Board Meeting with the STA Executive Committee, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, Room 170 in the Board of Education Offices. It is anticipated that the Board will enter into executive session for this meeting.

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