This fall I held four community budget input meetings, two staff budget input meetings, and I met with members of the Joint PTA to listen to concerns and ideas pertaining to the 2011-12 budget. I believe it is essential to build a budget that addresses our students' instructional needs, as well as what the community feels is important to their education, all while minimizing the financial impact on our taxpayers. Thank you to everyone who attended a meeting and to those who have e-mailed me or called me with their concerns and comments. Your input is vital.
The Board of Education shares the belief that we must create our budget with community input, so at board meetings from Jan. 24 to March 28, the budget discussion will be opened to the public for questions and comments after the board's discussion. At each meeting, administrators will present a different component of the budget. The budget calendar is as follows:
Jan. 24 - Transportation, facilities and debt service;
Feb. 7 - Athletics, review of transportation, facilities and debt service;
Feb. 14 - Special education, review of athletics;
March 7 - Instructional, review of special education;
March 21 - Review of instructional;
March 28 - Administrative recommended budget; and
April 4 - Board of Education adopts budget.
I encourage all school district residents to attend these meetings and to ask questions during the public comment period of the budget discussion. Board meetings are conducted at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Durgee Junior High School.
According to the calendar, winter won't be officially here until the end of the month, but it sure feels like it's already here some days. Before we are knee-deep into the snow season, I would like to remind everyone that when it is necessary to close school due to weather conditions, I will be using the ConnectEd messaging service, as well as the local television and radio stations, to inform the community. Whenever school is cancelled or will be closing early, the information will also be posted on the home page of the district's website, bville.org. Please keep in mind that if school is cancelled for the day, all activities at the schools are cancelled for the day as well.