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Referendum eyed
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ALBANY - The Albany School Board on Monday set a timeline for discussing a possible referendum, thatwould be on the November 2012 ballot.

The non-recurring referendum, if passed, will take effect in the 2013-14 school year.

School Board President Fairy Elmer said that the measure would cover a three year time period and that it will be used for operational expenses. The final timeline, however, will be established during future meetings.

"We need to make sure where the dates should be," Elmer said. "We wanted to make sure we are on track for this."

Work on the referendum is projected to start in May, when the board will consider the initial scope of the referendum, including the needs, plans and estimated costs for the district.

In June, officials said they hope to start community outreach, including meetings with municipal leaders, parent groups, and others impacted by the referendum.

The district is projecting a $300,000 deficit for next year - even with a fund balance of $680,000 at the end of last school year, said Steve Guenther, Albany School District Administrator.

Albany teachers are under a salary freeze.

The board plans to hold a special referendum meeting some time in February.

- Holly Ann Garey