Island Borough Assembly held a public hearing about school district funding at
last week's regular meeting.
was the minimum amount that the assembly should contribute to the fiscal year
2011 budget. During an earlier work session, assembly members expressed a
desire to maintain the same level of funding that it contributed last year.
district had asked assembly members for a local funding increase from $10,290,000
to $10,713,469. The higher amount was requested in order to pay for the hiring
of two math intervention specialists and a technology support person.
public hearing, several people spoke in favor of the higher level funding
including representative from the villages who participated through video
conference. In person, the assembly heard from several citizens including third
grade teacher Cat Ellen DeVries. She shared success stories from Main Elementary
school where the district's only "math
interventionist" has been working with students.
-- (KIBSD Budget 1 "Intervention
at a ... single penny count.")
Along with the voices in favor
of the higher funding, there was one person who spoke in agreement with the
assembly's position and that was Mel Stephens.
-- (KIBSD Budget 2 "So,
I'm usually ... the cuts there.")
Assemblywoman Pat Branson
explained the reason behind the assembly's desire to maintain level funding.
-- (KIBSD Budget 3 "I
understand the problem ... way to do things.")
the public hearing, the assembly members voted unanimously to maintain the
current level of funding for the district. Assemblymembers Judy Fulp and Jerrol
Friend were not in attendance.
Borough Mayor Jerome Selby also
offered his perspective on the funding including a suggestion that the money the
district requested is in their own bank account if the school board chooses to
-- (KIBSD Budget 4 "You
know the ...way or another.")
During an earlier interview,
district finance director Luke Fulp had stated that the reserve funds are
needed for unexpected expenses and potential increases in operating costs.