Dec. 1, 2009 Meeting Update
Representatives: Ian Sole (Brownsville), Kim Pecaut (Cale), Amy Gore (Crozet), Mary Huffard Kegley Scott (Meriwether Lewis), Jane Kulow (Murray & WAHS), Tara Mincer (Stone-Robinson & Burley), Stacy Walker (Monticello), Debbie Chlebnikow (Community Rep.) Tom Hecmanczuk (Albemarle), Carrie Eisenberg (Broadus Wood), John Lewis (Greer), Jason Buyaki (Stony Point), Cindy Baber (Woodbrook), Jim Stern (Walton), Robin LeGallo (Henley), Ceann Wombacher (Hollymead), Cathy von Storch (Red Hill).
Staff & Guests: Jo Vining, Brownsville Principal, Linda King, Brownsville Asst. Principal, Pam Moran, Superintendent, Bruce Benson, Assist. Superintendent, Matt Haas, Dir. of Secondary Education, Ben Stern (MHS Student)
Standard Business Procedures
1. Call to Order 7:30 PM by Jane Kulow
2. Registration of attendance.
3. Approval and Acceptance of Minutes/Updates for November 10, 2009 (Motion and second)
Jo Vining (Brownsville)
1 At 7:00 PM, Jo Vining, Principal of Brownsville Elementary led a tour of the expanded and newly remodeled school. She explained that the school was reorganized to coordinate with the different geographical regions of the state, and that this theme was incorporated throughout the school. The old part of the school was refurbished with paint, signage and other materials to better connect to the addition.
2. Demonstrations were held in two different classrooms to highlight the use of technology as a tool for the teachers and students, including the instant feedback available to the teachers with on-screen questioning and remote devices, the use of readily mastered technology to enhance the learning process at an early grade.
3. Ms. Vining also pointed out the incorporation of new building materials and designs to maximize the school’s options for a variety of educational uses, including various types and sizes of meeting spaces, controllable reflective skylights, as just a couple of examples.
Dr. Bruce Benson (ACPS Budget Update)
1. Bruce Benson presented a powerpoint presentation outlining the budget shortfalls. A copy of the presentation was distributed electronically to Parent Council members after meeting.
2. Dr. Benson indicated that a projected revenue shortfall for the 2010-11 school year is between $8 and $11 million.
3. The school board is preparing to request relief from the state legislature from the recently updated composite index, which does not take into consideration the revenue sharing agreement the County has with the City of Albemarle. The proposed action would ask that the County’s composite index be computed after the revenues due the City are withdrawn from consideration.
4. Dr. Moran’s presentation of the upcoming budget may be delayed until the state government presents its budget, which will likely contain a sizeable reduction in the funding to public schools. Until those figures are available, the finalization of a budget would appear premature.
Budget Area Considerations
1. In an effort to better understand the issues related to the preparation of the upcoming budget, the parent council members were asked to make their own considerations of specific budget questions, including to identify items in the budget that should be protected from budget reduction, areas where reduction was possible, potential budget saving items, and particular needs of the respective schools. The council members then broke into groups and rotated around the stations to organize or consider the various items previously identified. [A printout of these questions and answers is attached.]
2. Dr. Moran renewed her request for input from schools personnel, PTOs, and principals concerning the possible areas of the budget to be reduced, with further communications coming from her office on this.
3. 8:55 p.m. Adjourn
Next PC Meeting: Tuesday, Jan. 5th at County Office Building