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Port Jeff school board seeks public input on budget (again)

The Port Jefferson School District board of education announced for the second time this year the formation of a Citizens Advisory Committee to provide input during the district's budget process.

After the district's original $37.7-million budget for 2010-2011 was defeated 1,052 to 584 in May, the board quickly formed a Citizens Advisory Committee and met with its members once, just a day before it was set to adopt a second budget proposal for public approval. The second proposal passed.

Superintendent Max Riley said the Citizens Advisory Committee actually has a long history in the district, and the 2009-2010 budget process was the first year the board did without it. He said last year's second budget proposal passed with more than a 60 percent margin after the committee was resurrected.

 

“That's why we'll continue to do it this year,” he said. “The message from the community was that they wanted to have that input, they like that process.”

Anyone interested in joining the committee for the 2011-2012 budget should submit his or her name, contact information and qualifications to assist in the budget process to district clerk Janice Baisley at jbaisley@portjeff.k12.ny.us, or call (631) 476-4409.

Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 20.

Riley said the board must finalize its budget by February and the committee will start meeting in November.

Though a set number of meeting dates has not been determined, he said “they'll have from November to February, as opposed to one night.”

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