Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thanks for your support!

On behalf of the Board of Education and myself, I thank everyone who participated in the school budget vote and Board of Education election on May 20.

I am grateful for a community that remains supportive of our schools despite the ongoing fiscal struggles presented by escalating costs and declining revenues. In recent years, we have had to make tough decisions to balance our budgets, while balancing our responsibilities to students and remaining mindful of our taxpayers.

I thank our educators and support staff for their commitment to our students and our educational program. In approving the school budget, the community has demonstrated that they value your hard work and dedication, and support our district’s mission to inspire, challenge and educate every student, every day.

I thank the Board of Education for developing a balanced budget that maintains educational programs for our students. This budget represents the first time in recent years that we haven’t needed to make any cuts to programs or staff. Still, it is disappointing not to be able to restore opportunities that provide our students the well-rounded school experience they deserve.  

My gratitude to Assemblyman John McDonald, as well, for his support of our schools. He continues to be in our corner advocating for our schools and working tirelessly to restore state education funding. His presence at board meetings and budget workshops this past spring demonstrates his commitment to our schools and to a strong public education system.

Thanks to everyone who helped get the “message out,” reminding people to vote and supporting our budget process throughout the past year. Our poll workers also deserve thanks, as do the students who volunteered to work our first exit poll, results of which will be shared in the coming weeks.

Going forward, we must continue to work together to come up with solutions that will meet our district goals and mission and that will continue to earn the support of our community.

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