It’s been a few weeks, since the state of the schools community meeting that attracted nearly a thousand people. I just want to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to be there and participate as we discussed our district’s financial situation, and talked about the difficult decisions ahead.
We’ve spent time looking over all of the comments and suggestions that our breakout session groups left behind. There were definitely common themes that we noticed.
First of all, people used words like “shocked, scared, and emotional’ to describe their reaction to the plan for cuts if the operating levy is not successful. We regret we didn’t have more time to prepare the community for what’s facing us now.
The public sees our students during amazing performances on stage, and fans watch them compete on the field. Parents see and hear students doing or complaining about homework (proof, they’re working hard) and we all often hear about how great our grads are doing.
We usually don’t publicize the struggle it’s been to do all of that, as state funding continues to fall short of its own projections for our district.
People asked about numbers. They want to understand the “funding cap” and ask why Boardman is singled out. People want to know how we can get Columbus to change the funding formula, or in our case, just remove the cap so we can get the funding we are supposed to receive.
My goal for the next several weeks is to answer as many of your questions as possible in videos on our website. We will also place those videos on BSTN’s YouTube Channel. We are going to take your suggestions and observations and use them to emerge from this financial situation a stronger district- with all of our excellent programs intact.