Sunday, April 10, 2011

Instrumental & Vocal Music Restored To Budget

  
Marching Band & Gymnastics Partially Restored

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In addition, the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget (Revised, pg. 4) recommended reducing instructional time at the elementary level for special classes in art, library, and music. With the restoration of State Aid and increased use of fund balance, we are able to reinstate these special subject areas along with 4th grade instrumental and vocal music. This restored more than 20 teaching positions. Furthermore, it allowed for the partial reinstatement of programs such as the Marching Band and gymnastics program.

SCATS ~~ Isn't it absolutely AMAZING what administration is able to do with only $1.1 million extra in State Aid? Do you really believe that's why all of the elementary specials, school day length, band & gymnastics are able to be added back into this "bare-bones" budget? If that's the case, let them dig a little deeper and give us a budget that does NOT raise our taxes!
     

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome news!!!

SCATS said...

To 1PM ~~ Is it really? Wait until you see what they cut next year ;)

SCATS said...

Oh and does this mean you are going to vote "yes" on this budget now??

Anonymous said...

Loaves and fishes, scats.
It's a scam. They will bring back lots that was cut because they did not have to cut that much.
And if we vote no we will not change anything but will assure that the tax rate does not increase for the coming years as well. Vote NO and the school day will be reinstated as well as the other programs that were threatened to be cut. Parents are too prone to trust the administration and panic with every threat. then they predictably come out to cry at board meetings to bring attention to our "plight". The administration are laughing.

SCATS said...

To 1:44PM ~~ I agree that it's a scam. The entire budget process in Greece is a scam. Look at what they accomplished (restored) without closing a single school. Think how much smaller the budget would be if they actually DID SOMETHING ... ;)

Anonymous said...

And the reduction in bussing is? After last years proposition to buy busses with no increase to the tax rate was resoundly defeated what message was heard?

Someone please tell me why I should not be upset that no changes in the amount of bussing has taken place. I am still going to have 4 busses coming down my street taking kids to 4 different high schools then a half hour later 4 busses coming down my street taking kids to 4 different middle schools then the same thing for the elimentary? And this is going to continue? Nothing has been done? The waste is going to continue? Diesel fuel is over 30% higher than last year. How do you think I'm going to vote?

Anonymous said...

Restoring the elementary music cut high school electives. Absolutely devastating if you check it out! Not a scam..real and horrible. Busing is not the issue.

SCATS said...

To 7:27PM ~~ Busing and half-empty buildings are the issue. Or put more precisely, choosing to retain schools-of-choice and the associated wasted funds needed to maintain half-filled buildings and extra busing are why electives and other academic areas had to be cut. You didn't see then take away the expense of maintaining the IB program, did you?

Anonymous said...

May I politely ask;
Where does all the State money coming in as aid for construction get hidden, and why are GCSD taxpayers paying 100% of that borrowing off PLUS interest if them State Aid Dollars showed up?

Somebody be playing some funny math in that office..

Anonymous said...

7:27, I honestly hope that if you really have been effected by these cuts, that you HAVE been the parent of a school of choice or lottery school student. That would be justice...finally!

Anonymous said...

Phew! That was close. Good thing the GTA didn't agree to a wage freeze. Turns out they didn't need to do that to restore positions for teachers.