UTICA — The North Fork school board on Monday discussed the financial recovery plan designed to lift the district out of fiscal caution. When the school income tax levy failed in May, the district’s financial advisor from the state Department of Education said the board should make an additional $500,000 in cuts now, in the event the renewal levy does not pass again in November. An added wrinkle is the uncertainty connected with state funding for schools; the legislature has yet to pass a budget bill.
The board talked about eliminating high school busing and going to single routing for the middle school and elementary schools. One suggestion was to eliminate the position of food service supervisor and have the head cooks in each building assume those duties.
Board vice president Theresa Magers proposed eliminating busing for extracurricular activities, and wondered whether it would be feasible for each extra activity to raise its own funds. The idea would be to determine what each activity costs, and divide that cost by the number of participants to establish the participation fee. That way, Magers said, someone in a less expensive activity would not be paying the same participation fee as someone in an activity which costs more.