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Blue Ridge Looks To Close Budget Gap
By Ted Brewster

Originally billed as a committee meeting focused on the new budget due before the end of June, the meeting in the Elementary School library on April 14 was actually a workshop whose minimalist agenda belied the depth of the discussions, discussions that had little if anything to do with the budget. Many board members attended the unofficial session, together with the superintendent, three principals, the transportation and activities director, joined by two bus contractors and a couple of interested citizens. The two-and-a-half hour meeting was ably directed by Board President Harold Empett, who managed to let everyone have a say and get all ideas out on the table.

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Susky Gets Stimulus Update

The Susquehanna Community School District board heard several reports relevant to the expected federal stimulus funds at their April 15 meeting.

Title I funds are expected, approximately $255,000, which will be used for summer- and after-school programs. The district staff is in the process of having the district's state designation changed from “Targeted Assistance” to “School Wide Title I,” which will allow for more flexibility in spending the funding. The district designation is based upon residents' overall income level, which is greater than 40% below the poverty line.

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