School Budget Advocacy Meeting Minutes

On Wednesday, 7 December Signe Daly, Peggy O’Neill, Warren Cornwall, Sandy Flemer, and Claudia Renchy-Morton met with School Board Representatives – Keith Pillsbury, Kathy Chasan and Matt Conger to present teacher concerns about the current year, and discuss parent advocacy for the school budget process.  We expressed concerns about the following:

  • Large class sizes in the K and 1st grades that affecting learning, and may pose a safety issue
  • Lack of sufficient instructors and support for English Language Learning (ELL) students
  • Lack of sufficient support for students with behavioral issues
  • As a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school, EES has no full-time behavior specialist or PBIS coaches

As the budget for the next school year is under way, our school board representatives strongly encouraged us to contact Jeanne Collins (jcollins@bsdvt.org or 865-5332) to express your immediate and long-term concerns, and to advocate for the needs of Edmunds Elementary.  Please include Dr. Mathias (smathias@bsdvt.org) and all the school board representatives on your emails.  You can find their contact information on the school district website:http://bsdweb.bsdvt.org/Board/BoardDirectory.php

We encourage you to attend the public hearings on the school district budget (see posting below).  If you are unable to attend the public budget hearings, please email Signe Daly (signe.daly@burlingtontelecom.net) with your concerns, so that she can share them at the meeting.  We hope you can join us at the public meetings on the school budget.

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