Saturday, February 6, 2016

School Budget Public Hearing

This morning the School Board held a public hearing and work session on the FY17 school budget, from about 9 am - 12:45 pm. It's a bit harder to provide my summary of the session, because we don't spend a lot time making decisions, but more going through the budget in detail. Today we covered the work session packet #3, found here: Budget Work Session Packet #3 This includes:

- health and other benefits, compared to other districts
- retirement
- pay comparability
- sick leave, personal days, and annual leave
- class sizes, and
- supply budgets.

My impression is that the benefits offered by Falls Church Schools are generally in line with the surrounding communities.

On class size, an interesting piece of data is that while there are only 2 core sections out of 175 at MEH that are greater than 24 students, there are 16 out of 185 at GM. The Superintendent indicated this is because of scheduling difficulties at GM.

I am happy to answer any questions. In addition, I'd very much like your review and input on work session packet #4 when posted. It has extensive information about resourcing of specialty areas including special education, gifted and talented, English as a second language, etc. I'll post here when that information is made available, and I'd love your input.

(These are my personal views and not the official statement or records of the Board. They are not minutes but my personal summary of some of the highlights from the meeting.)

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