March 1, 2005
Members of the Charlottesville City School Board met with parents and teachers to hash out the budget for the next school year on Tuesday, March 1st. It's been a controversial process from the start, but the board is welcoming the debate and the attention.
Inside the library at Charlottesville High School, parents and teachers filled an area normally kept quiet, to talk about a the budget for next school year.
Tuesday's session, which is usually not open to the public, was opened because the school board felt it was needed. While the board has been trying to hammer out a new budget, it has been distracted by personal problems of its own. The board's chairwoman said the session was a good opportunity for the board to get its kinks out before the next meeting.
One of those kinks is cutting two positions on the pre-school level. Many parents speaking at the session urged the board not to rid the school system of a pre-school coordinator and pre-school family worker. Many parents said those positions groom their child for kindergarten in the next year.
Now that the parents and teachers have made their plea to the board, they'll be looking forward to meeting on Thursday, March 3rd to see if any of their thoughts were taken into consideration.