The questions we asked the public when we started our budget forums in February remain: What about a BCSD education does the community value? And what will the community support? If were to gauge public support solely on those who have attended our forums and workshops, the answer would clearly be to consider exceeding our limit of 2.94 percent because a Bethlehem education and its programs are worth investing in. This is a sentiment we have heard frequently and fervently over the past few months.
But we’re sure there are those in the community we have not heard from - those who may feel differently about what the community can or will support in this budget. We need to hear from you so that we may construct a budget that is beneficial to all affected.
I’ll thank The Spotlight in advance for allowing me the space to reiterate that these are our children, our taxes, our programs and this is our school district, and in order to do what is right for our district, we need everyone’s involvement.
There is a budget workshop this evening, Wednesday, March 28, and another on April 3. Please come. Tell us what you’ll support. And please, whatever you do, join us at the polls on May 15.
Thomas J. Douglas
BC Superintendent of Schools