Public Hearing on School Budget

My wife and I attended the Public hearing on the budget on 2/17/2009. The meeting was called to order at 6pm and was presided by Mr. Robert...

My wife and I attended the Public hearing on the budget on 2/17/2009.

The meeting was called to order at 6pm and was presided by Mr. Robert O'Donnell (President), Mrs. Rita J. Peters, (VP), Mr. Randy Freeman and Mr. Ron Ulibarri. Mr. Jerry Bowman (Clerk) was not present.

There is still no final decision on the school budget for 2010/2011 since we are waiting for the state to vote on their budget. However, the council appeared optimistic.

The Menifee Valley Unified School District needs to save over 5 million dollars over the next 2 years. Some of the proposals included increasing class sizes either this year or next year. If this occurs, a large number of teachers, possibly up to 65, will lose their jobs. Some community members were hopeful that transitioning to a traditional schedule may help alleviate part of the shortfall, but only in part.

Mrs. Wells, a 5th grade teacher at Callie Kirkpatrick, was concerned that eliminating the class size reduction is "not in the best interest of the students". She further stated that this would result in long term negative consequences and that math and language arts education would suffer.

Josie Horton, a parent had this to say...(Its not the best quality, sorry!)




The meeting only lasted 30 minutes. Further discussions to review the school budget recommendations will be held next week. The meeting is Tuesday, February 24th, at 6 PM and will be held at Callie Kirkpatrick Elementary, which is located on the corners of Newport and Menifee Road.

A special meeting is scheduled for Wed, February 25th at 4:30 to approve the budget resolution. It will be held at the District Office.

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  1. Jerry Bowman was in attendance. He arrived a few minutes late, but was there for all the business of the meeting.

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  2. Is the special meeting on Wednesday open to the public?

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