April 9, April 16, and April 21.

I added the three open-to-the-public district budget meetings to the Calendar on the "Performance Schedule" page. The topic of this week's after-school staff meeting was the budget of the upcoming year. Forest Grove is facing some large budget cuts for the upcoming biennial. I'm not sure if the actual dollar amounts are a matter of public record at this point, so I'll refrain from disclosing them.

Ms. Boles and I talked after the meeting about what it would mean for the district. She told me that last time the district faced cuts like this, which was back in '02-'03, the community's input into the budget was extremely heartening and helpful. My understanding is that some of the athletic programs, in particular, got a lot of community support and ended up being saved or supported because the community banded together and worked things out. Everything will work out this year, too, because things do that...they work out. I still think it will be important to be involved in the decision-making process.

Please mark the dates in your calendar, and if you have the time open, I'd really encourage attending. I'm going to try to make it if I can. The location is different each time. You can look either on the "Performance Schedule" page or find them on the FGSD website, which is www.fgsd.k12.or.us.

4/1/2009 07:16:54 am

Ms. Hancock, sure is a nice web thing you have here---I don't get out often enough to really appreciate some of the finer things in life, but I really like this thing here that you have done---


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