As a parent and homeowner who has often taken a critical stance towards the annual school budget increases, especially during the go-go” years 2002-2007, I would like to commend the current school board, principals, and community members who have worked hard since last November to reduce costs in the proposed 2010-2011 budget. Having attended a number of budget meetings over the past months, I have been impressed by the seriousness of the economic situation facing our schools, and by the concern of everyone to preserve core educational programs and services. The proposed budget of $122 million, a 1.22% increase over last year, would result in a tax increase of 2.08%, the smallest in recent memory. This budget would be far more beneficial to our students than the “austerity budget” that could be imposed on the district if the proposed budget is voted down.
The proposed 2010-2011 school budget represents – in all probability – only the first steps in a multi-year process of drastic and painful cost reductions for our school district. Sacrifices will have to be made by the board, the unions and the taxpayers – hopefully not at the expense of students’ education. The proposed 2010-2011 budget makes a good start down this difficult road. I plan to vote “yes.”