FASD Budget Plans Full of Compromise

Posted on June 13, 2012 by

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Even though the new school year is months away, many plans are underway for the upcoming 2012- 2013 school year. Over the last couple of months, many meetings have been held concerning the budget for next school year.

Each board meeting is different in its own way; sometimes many teachers, students, and parents talk about their concerns, and sometimes not many do. The one thing that remains the same is the passion attendees hear when each individual talks. As each topic was addressed at recent meetings, fewer people talked, but the message remained the same: The board was not listening to them, and community-members still were not satisfied by the decisions made.  There was also the promise that next year the board would see the same faces coming back again.

There were a few scares for teachers at Fleetwood; most of them included some form of music, language, physical education, technology education, or kindergarten. Teachers could be completely cut or just cut to half time. As these were presented over the course of a few weeks, many more speakers preached about how they thought the cut of teachers and staff is the worst thing for the school to do.  Many even said to raise their taxes because they would rather pay to see the teachers stay in the schools teaching than their child lacking education and skills.

Finally, the day came when the Board announced what plans had been made. Three faculty members were restored to full-time positions. Two of these included music teachers: Cynthia Evans in the middle school and Catherine Williamson, the high school chorus teacher. The other position was a library aid.

Another thing parents considered a triumph was that kindergarten was restored to full day instead of the half-day plans the board had been trying to instate.

To many, the fight is still not over, but there is always something community members can do. At http://www.paschoolfunding.com, proponents can find the state legislators for local townships and send letters with concerns. With enough letters, they may be able to put the word out that schools need more money.

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