I received a copy of the memo below. We do not know what the recommendations will be, but there is no indication whether a written version will be available in advance (so that people can provide their considered opinions) or if they really expect people to sit through an oral presentation and then respond immediately. I hope this is clarified quickly and in a sensible way. These meetings are next week, and a written presentation should be available by Friday if MCCSC officials do not intend these meetings to simply be a continuation of their ongoing dog-and-pony show. Hopefully they have learned something from the consistently poor attendance at the community coffees.
I doubt that the recommendations will include specific details of how the needs in individual schools will be addressed, but I will withhold any additional predictions so that this budget committee has a full opportunity to present, in advance of next week's meetings, both their recommendations and a clear and complete timeline of the review process.
Date: January 19, 2011
To: All Media Outlets
From: Beverly Smith, MCCSC Director of School & Community Services
RE: MCCSC Budget Committee Recommendations for Referendum Funds
The Monroe County Community School Corporation is seeking input on proposed plans to use the new funds generated from the passage of the November 2, 2010 referendum. The MCCSC Budget Committee will share these recommendations during public meetings on the following dates and times:
* 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 26th in the University Elementary School Cafeteria
* 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 27th in the Summit Elementary School Gymnasium
The 10-member MCCSC Budget Committee, chaired by MCCSC Comptroller Tim Thrasher, began meeting immediately after the passage of the referendum last fall. The meetings were filled with thoughtful deliberation, research and compromise, but the internal group fully acknowledges that public input is essential at this juncture:
“We will do our very best to make good recommendations,” Thrasher shared at a recent MCCSC School Board Meeting. “But know we’re not bringing the board a fait accompli. We have no expectations that there won’t be changes, and we fully expect public input and board changes. We understand this must be an open process that’s valid.”
During the public input session, the school community will have a chance hear directly from the Budget Committee as it presents the recommendations. The public will have an opportunity to offer feedback following the presentation.
For more information, please contact Beverly Smith, Director of School & Community Services, at (812) 330-7700, Ext. 50263 or <removed for posting>.
Beverly L. Smith
Director of School & Community Services
Monroe County Community School Corporation
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(812) 330-7700, Ext. 50263