“I’m praying that we maintain that,” he said.
The district, however, won’t know for sure about that until late February or early March.
And, Blair said, he is uncertain how New York state’s debt, recently reported at $63.3 billion, will affect aid to schools.
Over the next couple of weeks, NCCS will assess its 2013-14 expenditures, which, Blair noted, are certain to increase over the current year.
“Gas, I’m sure, is going to be more expensive than it was last year; I’m sure that a book is going to be more expensive,” he said. “Whatever that’s going to come out to be, I’ll know in about two weeks.”
How the district will arrive at a balanced spending plan for next school year, Blair added, will depend “on what the citizenry feels that they should do for their school.”
“Do they want to support their school at the present level, (or) do they want the school to be cut?”
NCCS will hold another Community Budget Discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the High School.
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