BUDGET ALERT from (CISPE) Community in Support of Public Education

BUDGET ALERT
Community In Support of Public Education (CISPE)
March 10, 2009

Unless you’re lucky enough to have been on a very long vacation, you no doubt are aware that the economy is a mess, that state and federal budgets are affected, and, of course, that trickles down to our local school budget.

To minimize the impact on property taxes, the school board is determined to reduce the budget by more than a million dollars.  Obviously, major cuts will be needed to achieve this goal and the hard work of identifying those cuts has begun.

Two board members and two administrators met with representatives of parent groups, including CISPE, on Wednesday.  They outlined the situation and some general options.  We did not hear about specific cuts under consideration — that discussion will begin this SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 9 a.m., in the high/middle school library. We’re aiming to be there, and we hope you’ll join us.

You can also keep up with the budget’s development by regularly checking the “In The News” column on the district’s home page, http://rhinebeckcsd.org/.

We’ll try to send regular updates, but please feel free to contact us if you have questions or ideas. 

Sincerely,

Lottchen Shivers (Lottchen@earthlink.net), Sheila Moloney (SMoloney@frontiernet.net), and Debi Duke (DebiD2@frontiernet.net)