Update to Families – May 22
We hope you are well and looking forward to a great holiday weekend. Please make note of a few important items and IF YOU DON’T READ THIS MESSAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY, PLEASE PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE FIRST FEW ITEMS:
1. The Board of Education has adopted a budget for you to vote on. Directly speaking:
a. If this budget does not pass, there is no plan by the state for a revote. We would have to adopt a contingent budget and cut another $2 million in programs and services.
b. The 3.83% tax increase is NOT above the tax cap. It would result in an anticipated annual increase of $198 on a home valued at $220,000. That equates to 54 cents a day or $16.50 per month.
c. Significant revenue shortfalls from the state initially have been compounded by additional shortfalls due to the pandemic.
d. We have reduced $4.1 million in planned spending from preliminary budgets.
e. We are cutting and reducing many programs.
f. Would you like more information? All the information you could likely want is available at www.bcsd.org/budget. Do you have questions or need more information? Please let us know by contacting Lou_Alaimo@bcsd.org.
2. We are sending you the budget newsletter next week along with a ballot. We will also send additional ballots to any and all qualified voters (18 years old, U.S. citizen, and resident for 30 days prior to the vote) at your request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request one. Please send your address and the names of all individuals needing additional ballots. You can also call 242-5200 x5502 to request additional ballots.
3. The Board of Education has a business meeting and budget hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. You can watch or participate in the meeting by through this link: https://zoom.us/j/93006867557.
4. The Board of Education will be joining this week’s Virtual Town Hall at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 on the District Facebook page. They will be answering questions from you regarding the budget and anything else that is on your mind. Please join a Thought Exchange to submit questions and thoughts for the Town Hall: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/371850438. Thanks to so many for joining the virtual Town Hall this past week and sharing your thoughts in an exchange. This feedback has been invaluable in helping us adjust course and consider how we can best meet your needs. A summary of the thoughts shared, with answers to each question posed, can be found here.
5. The PTSA sponsored Meet the Candidates Night will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. We need questions from you for the Board candidates. They must be submitted in advance so that the moderator can plan this virtual event in an efficient and effective manner. Please send your questions to Board Clerk Kim Lanzafame at email@example.com by noon on Wednesday. They will be forwarded to Sherry Johnson, Executive Director of the Monroe County Schools Boards Association, and the event moderator. Information on the six candidates is available here.
Closure: We have been informed that our regular summer school program at BHS, for students who need credit recovery or to retake a course, will need to be a virtual experience. We are in the process of developing that program and will provide details as they become available.
We have also received word that most, if not all, summer programming will not be able to be offered in person. We will announce additional cancellations as these details are confirmed but did want you to know that it is unlikely that we will be hosting any in person programming here this summer.
We will be offering additional food programming throughout the summer and helping families of first responders locate child care opportunities.
Have a great weekend.
…every child, every day, every way
Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools