Hopewell Valley school board introduces $80.6M budget

Hopewell Valley school board introduces $80.6M budget

Hopewell Valley school board introduces $80.6M budget

The board approved a motion by Trustee Mike Wirtzberger to accept Bryant's resignation, effective at the end of the current school year and "subject to the terms of the resignation agreement to be finalized by our attorney and the board chairman".

The budget plan increases year-over-year spending by 5.46 percent, about $1.9 million, despite a laundry list of spending cuts.

"This will be a hard process, as I firmly believe the budgets submitted to the Board were intentional, equity-focused and built to maintain maximum supports to schools and students", he wrote.

As County school officials were in the process of reviewing schools' safety infrastructure, training for staff and violence prevention programs, they said the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County gave them pause.

School supporters hold up signs encouraging county supervisors to fully fund the Mathews County School Board's request, including young Sam Tomacany, whose poster read "I'm worth it!"

The Hopewell Valley Regional School District Board of Education has introduced its preliminary 2018-19 school year budget, and has set May 8 as the date of the public hearing and final action on it. Supporters of the resolution said before its passage that middle and high schools faced disproportionate budget cuts that would leave some schools unable to operate.

Mathews High School teacher Rachel Morris said that she and her husband Brent felt that their voices had "barely been acknowledged by supervisors".

"We've been working on this budget, we've been meeting and discussing it and I think that we all agree this is a good budget".

Hopewell Valley school board introduces $80.6M budget
Hopewell Valley school board introduces $80.6M budget

The school system needs "a person who cares about all students", she said. Superintendent Jack Smith he will ask for a $1.2 million supplemental appropriation to modernize the access control systems, or entrance security for schools. Numerous suggested cuts took aim at school personnel, such as art teachers or guidance counselors. "I just think the objectives are wrong on the state level and that's where they need to be reassessed". Students at Roosevelt said their school stood to lose its Spanish language heritage program.

Lemon has more than 30 years of experience in education, which includes serving as a teacher, vice-principal and principal in a number of Bluewater schools.

Tomlinson added that the budget also includes an additional $20,000 that the district will use to purchase school supplies now provided by parents, reducing the length of school supply lists at every grade level. He said the cuts were the beginning of significant and important changes the way MPS conducts business. Board members Pam Roe asked Paradis.

Kilburn said the need for Johnstown to cut staff became apparent about eight weeks ago when the district completed its five-year projection of costs, future revenues and likely declining student enrollment.

Among other issues, the law called for school districts to provide federal Title I funding -- which is created to help schools that serve large numbers of low-income students -- to charter schools.

Security funding and costs if the district implements its own police force starting in 2018. She was present at last year's budget discussion, talking about the importance of reducing the workload for education assistants in the district. The minimum raise is not in effect for administrative staff, who will get pay bumps of 2 percent.

Vice Chairperson Heidi Jones said after the meeting that, in her 10 years, the district has seen a decrease in around 200 students, down to about 2,600.

Board members and Superintendent Bryan Johnson acknowledge the frustration students and teachers have experienced this week with TNReady testing and encouraged them to continue to do their best on the assessments, even though the state passed legislation Thursday night that would ensure the tests results will not count as an accountability measure this year.

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