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January 17, 2013

Schools facing financial insolvency

Local administrators talk about tough road ahead


“We need to work out some details and I have talked to the board generally about it, but that will be a big issue that will need to get taken care of this spring,” Livshin said. “Linda will work up until September so there will be some transition time.”

Livshin said he sees smaller schools becoming more reliant on Boards of Cooperative Educational Services as cuts are made within districts. He said he has been advocating for a four-year BOCES program for a long time.

“Nick Savin (superintendent of the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES ) and I are pretty much on the same page. BOCES really needs to expand programming for those tech-oriented students. It also needs to start implementing even more programs than what they already have that are tech-oriented that will do what the governor and what the government is looking at — to prepare people with more 21st century skills and training.”

Livshin, who has been at MCS for 15½ half years, said the concept of regional high schools may be something schools look at in the near future.

“Something I see happening,” Livshin said, “is schools that have worked hard to implement college-level courses will no longer be able to do so if the funding system continues to dry up.”

“I understand the situation the state is in. I am well aware of that, but we have done a lot of stuff here over the last 10 to 15 years so we can offer students the opportunity to get college credits at a very reasonable cost. We may just be stuck with just getting the basics through, and that is not a good thing for these kids at all,” he continued.

Livshin said often when students from rural schools compete with peers from places like Long Island or Westchester County they find themselves to be somewhat behind the eight ball because when those students are entering college they are basically already first- or second-semester sophomores because they are given much more opportunities.

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