Update to Families – April 3
Dear Brighton Families,
Happy Friday! I hope that your week has gone well and that you are both happy and healthy despite the circumstances. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to view the video clip included with this message. Our theme of “don’t worry, be happy” is not meant to diminish the significance of the situation or express a lack of awareness for the incredible challenges being experienced by so many. Rather, we are hoping to simply express a sense of optimism and reassurance to your children. These are times that obviously lend themselves to a significant increase in anxiety and concern. Our hope is that your children can remain focused on what they can control and find comfort in knowing that we’re all there for each other working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy.
We have no word yet on continued closure past April 15. We are awaiting word from the Governor on this matter and will provide you with information as soon as we hear.
Below you will find links to specific information or a quick update on the budget, food service (continues next week), continuous learning, technology, cancellations, and connections.
Please be in touch if you need anything at all. Best wishes for continued good health.
Budget: The state has adopted a budget for next year. The adopted budget has a significant impact on school funding. Due to rapidly changing economic circumstances, we are projecting a gap of $1.7 million between our known expenses and anticipated revenue. This is in addition to the $2.4 million gap that we had already closed through the budget process and presented as recently as last week. We are now in the process of reviewing the spending plan as it currently stands and determining how we will strategically close this new gap. We will continue to do our best to have the smallest possible impact on student programs.
Although you may read that aid is “flat,” that doesn’t account for a projected loss of sales tax revenue, projected loss of aid to potentially be cut by the state during the year, and the loss of an aid increase previously proposed by the Governor. We will be presenting the Board of Education with updated proposals on April 14 (stay tuned for information on how to access that meeting virtually) with a projected final proposal to be made on April 28. Additional information and prior proposals can always be found at www.bcsd.org/budget.
Food: We will continue food service next week Monday through Friday. Please click here for more information.
Learning: We will continue learning next week although it will be flexible to allow for religious observances and the need for families to spend time with each other in a variety of ways. “Phase 2” of continuous virtual learning will begin on April 13. Please click here for more information.
Technology: We’re here to help! Need anything? Please visit the following link for more information: www.bcsd.org/help.
Cancellations and Connections: We’re continuing to do our best to postpone, reschedule, and revamp where possible. We’re not giving up, but trying to be thoughtful about the future and our desire to find ways to have experiences for students. Please click here to view the regularly updated list of event status changes.
…every child, every day, every way
Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools