As we do every year, the Board of Education and district administrators are working together to build a budget for the next school year. Right now, we are assessing, discussing and proposing budget items including staffing, equipment and supplies for the 2019-20 school year. The Board is currently reviewing each section of the proposed budget with a target date for their approval on April 9.
One area of focus will be to review and evaluate our safety and security staffing, procedures/protocols, equipment, facility, policies and resources with the help of an ad hoc district committee. This committee will survey and compile student, parent, staff and community input and ultimately share the findings with the district safety committee and Board of Education.
Specifically, survey questions will:
• obtain perception of safety in our schools and on school transportation;
• seek input to assess adequate amount of security staff and collaborative role with administrators to address concerns;
• determine the need or sentiment regarding hiring a School Resource Officer;
• gather feedback regarding facility and capital project improvements for safety;
• and, understand priorities for safety and security measures and policies.
The committee’s work will begin in late March and completion of reports will be shared in late September or early October. In anticipation of potential safety and security measures, funding is being proposed in the upcoming budget.
After the Board approves a budget in April to present to voters, Frank Nardone, our assistant superintendent for business services, and I will be sharing the details of the proposed budget at several presentations. A list of these presentation dates can be found on this Budget Development page
. I hope you will be able to come to one of these presentations or access the proposed budget information on our budget webpage. The school budget vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
I would also like to take the opportunity to update you on our current Capital Improvement Project, which includes the pool, Athletic Entrance, and Transportation Department. The project also included the synthetic turf at the stadium which has been used throughout the current school year for athletic practices and contests as well as physical education classes. The work at the high school to install a new eight-lane pool and athletic entrance is on schedule, with the first shipment of steel framing received and installed in February.
The work at the transportation facility is planned to begin this summer. The facility will get new bus lifts, new motorized entrance gates, and new fuel tanks, pumps and a fuel canopy island. We anticipate the athletic entrance, pool and work at the transportation facility to be completed by the summer of 2020.
We hope you take the time to come out and enjoy events at our facilities over the next few months as well as attend one of the presentations on the proposed 2019-20 school budget.
Superintendent of Schools