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'Listening Period' Follows Failed Scarsdale School Budget Vote

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SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The public is invited to give feedback on how the Scarsdale School District should proceed with the 2013-2014 budget after its proposal was voted down Tuesday .

There will be two public comment sessions both at 7:30 p.m.Thursday and May 29, at Scarsdale High School's board meeting rooms 170-172.

Superintendent of Schools Michael McGill issued the following statement Wednesday in regard to the public voting down the 2013-2014 budget Tuesday night.

"Tuesday's decisive school budget defeat demonstrated that the proposal did not reflect the wishes of a majority of voters at this time.  The board of education and administration understand it did not represent a rejection of Scarsdale's commitment to educational excellence. However, the message clearly is to exercise more financial restraint.

"The Board is entering a listening period in which it invites feedback on steps that should be taken to ensure a successful vote on a second proposal.  In addition to receiving informal input, the Board will host two sessions for public comment.

"The first session will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The second session will be next Wednesday also at 7:30 p.m.  Both sessions will be in the board meeting rooms 170-171 at Scarsdsale High School.

"At its next regular meeting on June 3, the board will review options and adopt a new budget proposal for 2013-14. After a legally-prescribed waiting period, the public will have an opportunity to vote on this second proposal June 18 at the middle school.

"The Board is committed to developing a second proposal that will merit widespread support and seeks the help of all residents in creating a plan that will unite the community."

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