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Oswego

BREAKING: OSD 308 Board budget cut, fee hike talks delayed until Jan. 28

The Oswego School District 308 Board of Education will not discuss another round of potential budget cuts and fee hikes during its next meeting on Monday, Jan. 14, according to Director of Communications and Public Relations Theresa Komitas.

Instead, updated budget cut information presentation will be brought before the board at its Monday, Jan. 28 meeting, with anticipated board action during a meeting set for Feb. 11, according to Komitas.

The board had originally planned to vote on a proposed list of budget cuts and fee increases totaling $3.9 million on Dec. 17, but delayed the vote in order to provide time for citizen comment on the district's finances and potential cuts. The district is currently in its second phase of budget cuts and adjustments, to offset a projected multi-million-dollar budget deficit.

In a statement issued in December announcing the delay, Superintendent Dr. John Sparlin said the delay was due to feedback from "parents, students, staff members, and the Board of Education"áregarding the $3.9 million list presented to the board in December.

To facilitate input from the community, the district brought back an online suggestion box that had been used during the first phase of cuts in late 2017 and early 2018.

"Numerous suggestions were received, and each one was read and shared with our administrative team and the Board of Education," Sparlin wrote. "Many of the ideas were acted upon, resulting in a positive impact to the FY19 budget. In order to have a balanced budget in FY 20 and beyond, with increased fund balances in the future, we need to capture another $3.5 million."

The suggestion box was closed on Dec. 31. A revised presentation, including suggestions taken from the box, will be presented to the board on Jan. 28.

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