Your School Budget is in Crisis! What can you do about it

Tue, 02/12/2008 - 18:00 — jlewis

Albemarle County Public Schools Parent Council - February 12, 2008

Your school's budget is in crisis!
What can you do about it?

NOTEWORTHY DATES

February 20, 2008 6:00pm Public forum re: budget priorities at Co. Office Bldg., Lane Auditorium.

March 5, 2008 6:00pm Public hearing re: Co. Executive's budget, Co. Office Bldg., Lane Auditorium

April 2, 2008 6:00pm Public hearing re: final budget , Lane Auditorium and Tax Rate, County Office Building, Lane Auditorium

BOARD of SUPERVISORS:

Lindsay G. Dorrier (Scottsville)
Dennis S. Rooker
(Jack Jouett)
Sally H. Thomas (Samuel Miller)
David Slutzky
(Rio)
Ann H. Mallek
(White Hall)
Kenneth C. Boyd
(Rivanna)

Mailing address: Board of Supervisors, 401 McIntire Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22902

Budget info: www.albemarle.org
Telephone (434)296-5843
FAX (434)296-5800

All Supervisors will receive your email if you send one email to: bos@albemarle.org

 

BACKGROUND

Last year, Albemarle County reduced the real estate tax rate to $0.68 per $100 assessed, resulting in significant school budget cuts (larger class sizes, etc.).

  • Your children are going to be effected more this year due to reduced revenues.
  • This year, real estate values have not grown as expected, resulting in more losses when taking into account inflation, salaries, and health care and fuel cost increases.
  • The School Board has developed a budget to provide the world class education your students need to be successful. Anticipated revenues are $1.3 million less than the proposed budget. The budget is already "bare bones," our students cannot get the education they require and deserve for any less.

WHAT IS AT STAKE?

The School Board is considering these CUTS to deal with the revenue shortfall:

  • Charging to participate in athletic programs
  • Charging for school bus transportation
  • Larger class sizes
  • Elimination of new textbook
  • Elimination of electives or under-enrolled classes
  • Elimination of Strings programs

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Your support is critical! We need your help to communicate the following MESSAGE:

  • Support public education - strong public schools makes for strong communities
  • Fully fund the School Board's requested budget (knowing that significant cuts have already been made)
  • Any form of communication is better than nothing.
  • Let your supervisor know you care, and are paying attention.

Do the following, in order of importance:

  • EMAIL, CALL, and WRITE ALL members of the Board of Supervisors (see above).
  • Show your support before the Board of Supervisors - attend these public hearings on budget issues (see dates above). We need to pack the Auditorium in support of education funding!
  • Write letters to your media stating your concern and support for public education.

Information: Mary Huffard Kegley Scott

ACPS Parent Council, maryhuffard@yahoo.com

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