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Catskill preps for intense school budget talks

Feb 21, 2011 6:26 am
The Daily Freeman has an update on the upcoming Catskill school district community meetings designed to allow the public to share thoughts, ideas and suggestions to be taken into consideration during the preparation of the 2011-12 budget, which in initial talks has included the dropping of all electives, Pre-K and kindergarten classes, sports, music and art, and rising class sizes. The forums will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. next Tuesday evening, March 1, as well as on Tuesday, March 14 in the Catskill Middle School auditorium. According to information from the district, the forums will provide a “listening opportunity” for the Board of Education. Community members will be "given the chance" to discuss budget issues that do no relate to personnel, and given "up to two minutes to speak to the board," though the formal ground rules of the event will be laid out at the start of the forum. People who speak at the forum must identify themselves and fill out a form listing their key points, according to the district. Those forms will be provided at the events.