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Mamaroneck School Board Continues Fiscal Advisory Committee

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Mamaroneck School District is calling on any community members to help them address the fiscal issues facing the district in 2011-2012 through a committee formed two years ago with help from one such resident, Jonathan Sacks.

Dr. Robert Shaps, school superintendent, addressed those issues and the continuation of the citizens budget advisory committee at the school board study session in a presentation, which can be found here .

In an effort to educate the public on the impacts of the property tax cap, the board is looking for 20 residents to continue the work of the committee, which will be renamed the citizens financial advisory committee (CFAC). While financial experience is desirable, it is not required.

Sacks said he was one of 21 citizens, three school teachers and school board members in the group. Members of the 2010-2011 committee will be invited to serve another year, while new members will serve a two-year term. To apply, click here .

“Over the past year, the district has drawn on the financial expertise of many of our community members," Shaps said. "The financial roadmap that we have begun to put in place as a result of this collaboration will help guide our strategies and key decisions around financial planning in the years to come."

According to the district, the committee will work with the board to develop five-year financial projections, discuss the district’s capital plan to preserve its facilities, and look for cost efficiencies.

Sacks said he would like to see more cooperation between the school and the Town of Mamaroneck, where he is a resident. "There are hundreds of things they could be doing, such as combining payroll services," Sacks said.

The first meeting of the CFAC will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mamaroneck High School library classroom. The district said it is important for CFAC members to attend board meetings focused on financial issues and the 2012-13 budget.

Applications for CFAC are due by Nov. 15, 2011 at 4 p.m. Please return to: Joanne Rice, District Clerk, in the Superintendent’s office at Mamaroneck High School, 1000 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543.  You can also e-mail jrice@mamkschools.org.

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