Northridge Local Schools has rescheduled a finance committee meeting with the board of education for the third time. Previous planned meetings for Jan. 14, 28 and 29 were canceled by inclement weather.

Northridge Local Schools has rescheduled a finance committee meeting with the board of education for the third time. Previous planned meetings for Jan. 14, 28 and 29 were canceled by inclement weather.

The committee is now scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, in the high school library.

Treasurer Felicia Drummey told the board Jan. 26 that time is critical, as necessary steps need to be taken in order to place an issue on the May 5 ballot.

The Finance Committee consists of about 10 members, according to Drummey. It includes board president Troy Willeke, district administrators, parents and volunteers. There are four core members who consistently attend meetings, she said.

The finance committee is expected to discuss objectives of the board of education, consequences of budget cuts and millage amounts for a May ballot issue.

The three-hour meeting is also reserved to discuss current reductions and whether those will continue into the next year, as well as the status of extracurricular activities and sports for the 2009-10 academic year.

In late November, the board made about $242,300 in cuts in an effort to balance its operating budget.

In addition to Monday's Finance Committee meeting, a "Community Crisis" meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the high school auditorium.

Northridge Superintendent John Shepard said the crisis meeting will provide community residents with an opportunity to tell officials what they wants for the school district's future.

The format of the meeting will involve facilitators to lead small group discussions.

District leaders will present options to resolve the financial crisis and allow the community to craft a solution.

Shepard said community input is needed to define and select solutions.

The meeting is estimated to last two and a half hours.

In order to place an issue on the May 5 ballot, the board has also set special meetings in order to pass needed legislation.

A special meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, at the high school media center to approve a resolution of necessity for a May ballot issue. A second special meeting will take place at 6:30 on Thursday, Feb. 12, at the high school media center.