The Jericho Board of Education Meeting and Budget Workshop #1 is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the George A. Jackson Elementary School. The budget items on the evening's agenda will cover Central Services, Operations and Maintenance, Curriculum Development and Supervision, and Community Service. "Our district is extremely mindful of the uncertain economic times that we are facing. Members of the Jericho school community are cordially invited to join us as we begin the budget development process for the 2009-2010 school year," said Superintendent of Schools Hank Grishman. "The board of education and district administration will review the proposed budget, line by line, during four scheduled workshops. We encourage residents to attend meetings, examine the information as it is presented, ask questions and provide input for the board's consideration before a finalized budget is adopted in March."
In addition to the Budget Workshop, the regularly scheduled board meeting will include a presentation by Helene Kriegstein, K-12 Mathematics Curriculum Associate and a demographics update by Dr. Ben Ciuffo.
The board of education is scheduled to meet briefly at 6 p.m. in the Jackson faculty room. At that time, they will determine whether to go into Executive Session. If no Executive Session is needed, the board will recess until the public session scheduled for 7:30 p.m. If there is a need for Executive Session, the board will vote to go into Executive Session and will resume its public session at 7:30 pm.
If a member of the public wishes to have a statement read during a board meeting included in the minutes, he/she must hand a written copy of the remarks to Dr. Joan Colvin, our district clerk, immediately before speaking. In an effort to ensure accuracy, the board will only include statements from those who comply with this policy. As always, the board and district administration encourage all members of the school community to attend.
Follow-up budget meetings, which will be held in the middle school library:
• Workshop #2 on Thursday Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m., will include Services for Children with Special Needs, Health, Library, Media, Guidance and Co-Curricular and Athletics.
• Workshop #3, during February Board of Ed Meeting, on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m., will include Regular Instruction, Computer Technology, Employee Benefits and Transportation.
• Workshop #4 on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. will include a Full Budget Review of Revenue and Expenditures.
• The Board of Ed Meeting on Thursday, March 19, in the Cantiague Elementary School at 7:45 p.m., includes the formal Budget Adoption.