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Oswego School Budget Workshop Set

OSWEGO, NY – During a brief Oswego school board meeting Tuesday night, the superintendent briefly touched on the 2015-16 school year budget.

The aid figures from the state are still being calculated. Some are earmarked for specific purposes; others are funds the district can use where it sees fit, Superintendent Ben Halsey said.

The negotiations of whether the nuclear power plants remain on the tax rolls or enter into another payment in lieu of taxes agreement (PILOT) are also slowing down the district’s budget process.

The talks are confidential at this point in time and the dollar amounts being discussed in the executive sessions cannot be released.

The superintendent will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday with the board and other stakeholders to provide updated information regarding the budget.

Rental Talks

The superintendent told the board about the possibility of renting out space on the second floor of the Education Center.

He said the Oswego Police Department is looking for office space for a group of 10 officers who are now working “in a space for four officers.”

If the deal goes through, part of the agreement would include a new SRO (School Resource Officer) for the district.

Coupled with the deal and not refilling a currently vacant security position, this will save the district more than $15,000 a year and provide a valuable resource, Halsey told the board.