So here's your homework assignment – go to the LCPS website and take a look at some of the budget documents. If you only have time for one, read the summary presentation. Then, give us your feedback about something in it. What do you like about it? What do you wonder? What do you suggest?
I know that our community values our children's education as a top priority, but you have to say it out loud. You know the kind of craziness that goes on at the public hearings on boundaries. You've heard about the hundreds of emails the School Board regularly receives when they're about to choose the calendar for the following school year. Well, this is even bigger. We're about to decide whether 1/3 or 3/4 of our kindergartners will have art, music and PE as part of a full day of school next year. We're about to decide if your middle schooler has a dean who knows her best and is her first choice of school administrators when she needs help. We're about to decide if your future engineer may be one of the 150 freshmen with the opportunity to attend the new Academy of Engineering and Technology program next year or your theater-loving rising junior can spend more time on what inspires him at the new Musical Theater Academy. We're about to decide how much excellent teachers will be valued and if we respect them enough to provide them with a laptop – a basic tool they need to do their job. Give it a look. What do you like? What do you wonder? What do you suggest?
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the entire board at email@example.com. You can speak at a public hearing on Wednesday, January 20 and Thursday, January 28 at 6:30pm at the School Admin building. The School Board has 4 more work sessions scheduled to learn more about exactly what's in the proposal and then budget adoption is expected on February 2.