It seems that most of my conversations these days include discussion about the 2017-18 school operating budget. I have told anyone who will listen that in my eight years on the Board of Education, I have not seen a more perilous time for our schools, and that the threat of Board of Finance-mandated drastic cuts to the budget is very real. My listener’s typical reaction? “Yes, but don’t you guys say that every year?”
It is true that every year we try to light a fire under the community to make people realize the importance of supporting the school budget. But this year is different. It’s truly a 5-alarm situation, and we need every member of our community to pay attention, and resolve to come out and vote for our school budget in May.