Monday's C-R meeting in auditorium again


By Jim Poole

Cobleskill-Richmondville officials will unveil another round of cuts at the school board meeting Monday night.
As was the last meeting, this one will be in the Golding School auditorium. It starts at 7pm.
The district so far has trimmed $2.2 million from an expected $4 million gap in the projected 2011-12 budget.
So far, C-R has cut more than 20 teachers, plus services, programs and other staffers from next year’s budget.
“We’ll have additional areas put on the table as recommended cuts,” Superintendent Lynn Macan said Monday.
At the same time, C-R will outline options that have been discussed but are not being considered currently.
“We’ve been costing out a lot of different questions that have come up,” Ms. Macan said. “What would we save if we closed Radez? What would we save with half-day kindergarten?”
Officials will also present the cost of each sport, another item targeted by several public speakers at past meetings.
Ms. Macan said C-R will also hold a special board meeting on April 4. If the state budget is in place, C-R would know what aid to expect.
Although Albany has rarely made its April 1 budget deadline, “The hope is that there will be an on-time budget this year,” Ms. Macan said.
The school board intends to adopt the 2011-12 budget on April 11.