City superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas unveils 2013-2014 budget
Posted at: 03/25/2013 10:49 PM | Updated at: 03/25/2013 11:21 PM
More time in the classroom for students. That's one of the things superintendent Dr Bolgen Vargas is addressing in his budget plan for the next school year. He unveiled that Monday night.
The superintendent says this plan will close a $50 million budget gap and keep priorities for improving student achievement moving forward. His plan also calls for more reading teachers to help more students read by the time they are in third grade.
In order to pay for the changes and close the gap, district officials say the budget assumes taking advantage of the governor's "pension smoothing" proposal. They say it would save the district more than $17 million next year. They also want the district to conduct services like in-school suspension internally.
News10NBC spoke with two school board members after the presentation.
Willa Powell, RCSD School Board member, said, “The priorities are right, there's not question about that. He's being very pragmatic in going after the political landscape and grants that the governor wants to dole out.”
Van White, RCSD School Board member, said, “I see some good stuff, like I said reading, returning to reading instructors, Pre-K, reduced class sizes, those are all essential elements. Those are the fundamental elements of doing things right in the district.”
If you want district officials to hear your thoughts on the city school budget, you have two opportunities to do so.
Public hearings are scheduled for April 2 and April 9.
To read more on the budget, click here.