There was a massacre at the BoF meeting tonight. They directed us to cut about $470k from our budget (They didn’t provide the public their handouts so I don’t have the exact amount).
They had this vote without allowing any citizen feedback despite being requested to do so before the meeting and by Lindsay Paul at the beginning of the meeting. It played out like a well orchestrated event with massive cuts being directed at the BoE.
The upshot of the deal is we will be making large cuts to the education budget this year. I don’t see a lot of ways forward with this that don’t involve laying off educators.
Politics belongs to those who make themselves heard. The sad fact of the matter is that people who support education do not make themselves heard while people who do not support education make themselves heard very effectively. We’ll do our best not to make it any uglier than it is going to be.
There will be a BoE meeting next Monday to discuss how we are going to cut our way down to the BoF’s request.
This post represents my personal opinions and in no way should be considered an official act of the BoE or that I am speaking on behalf of the BoE in any way.