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NNCS plans for more budget community forums

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NORFOLK - The Norwood-Norfolk Central School District plans to hold more community forums next year, as they had in 2012, as part of their budget planning process.

The forums are tentatively set for Jan. 29 and Feb. 27, according to Superintendent Elizabeth A. Kirnie.

She said a Community Forum Team has been assembled and met last week. They’re scheduled to meet again on Dec. 5.

“Lisa (Mitras, business manager) and I are putting together material, data and a timeline,” she said. “(The Community Forum Team) will go over what we put together and fine tune it.”

Three community forums were held in 2012. They were designed to gauge how community members felt about different topics.

The first forum, attended by nearly 30 community members, discussed the future of the school district, while the 29 individuals who attended the second forum focused on the pros and cons of keeping a middle school.

The final forum with 21 participants focused on district reorganization and four options that included, sharing services, merging through centralization, merging through annexation and regionalization.

Participants broke into various groups during the forum and discussed questions that had been provided to them. Each group then shared their answers - and the rationale behind them - with the rest of the participants.

Mrs. Kirnie said they hope to have as much success in their 2013 forums as they did this year.

“The key to success is how we frame the questions,” she said.

As schools prepare for what they perceive will be an even tougher budget year than what they’ve seen in the past, Mrs. Kirnie said they need to make community members aware of what they face.

“We need to share realities not only to raise the level of awareness, but to ask what’s important to you,” she said.

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