Jeff Szymaniak's Personal Meeting Room - Shared screen with speaker view
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We hear about "OPEB" cost increases to the budget. Can you explain what OPEB means and how that affects the annual budget increases?
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1. If the budget passes how will it affect class sizes at Duval specifically? How many teachers would be hired and for what grades?2. Are the schools’ responsibilities as far as the PPE equipment and cleaning factored into the budget or is that separate and how will that affect the budget?3. How are those cuts going to affect students on IEPs? Especially those who are in small group learning. How can they be successful and prevent them from falling through the cracks?
We have heard that 40 positions will be cut, but the Patriot Ledger reported that 100 positions were. What is the difference for the numbers?
1) What would the impact be - in terms of staffing and services - if we default to a 1/12 budget? 2) Do the current RIF’s anticipate a significant cut in Chapter 70 funds at the state level, or could there be additional cuts once the state budget is finalized?
Looking at the page titled, "How Does the Towns of Whitman and Hanson Pay Compared to Surrounding Towns" It shows Whitman-Hanson is at the top for Ch. 70 funds and at the bottom for the towns per pupil spending. How do we get so much in Ch. 70 funds as compared to other towns?
In line with the Ch.70 questions - those funds are tied into state tax revenue, correct? If so, that funding would be significantly down across the entirety of the state in FY-20, would it not?
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how can all the reading specialists be cut? how can we ensure children with dyslexia (and others that need small group) will have access to FAPE
How will cutting reading teacher affect Title One? Getting rid of reading teachers is really upsetting.
since Plymouth county is getting their COVID related reimbursements form the federal government, are we seeking assistance from Plymouth County
I have 2 children in the school system. 1 going into WMS and 1 who is placed out of district and on an IEP. Would cuts effect my OOD student's placement or transportation?
Can you outline some of the significant reductions the district has already made over the past 5-10 years?
Can you speak to the district Excess and Deficiency fund and how we have used those monies to cover budget shortfalls and what that fund is intended for?
Is it true that the vocational schools of which Whitman and Hanson participate have been using the statutory method? Why is there a pushback with WHRSD where there hasn't been with the other schools?
potential cuts to para-professionals in the elementary libraries and MS and HS libraries was listed on the 1/12 budget. what does that mean for student library services?
was there a reason reading specialists were chosen as cuts rather than non reading positions such as tech, or PE, art, etc...
How can we as parents with children in the school district help you?
Does control over E&D default to the state if DESE takes over December 1st?
If there is no library support, how will elementary teachers receive their prep five days?
With no librarians/media specialists and continued cuts to programs will this effect NEASC or other accreditation?
Thank you Jeff for your transparency and dedication to the students, teachers, administrators and parents.
Need to echo that last sentiment - WH has been heroic in all educator efforts. Thank you
Agreed. This is very helpful.
Go to town meeting and vote!!
This has been extremely helpful. Thank you for taking time to meet.
Thank you for you leadership and dedication.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!
agreed, thank you for meeting with us
Agreed- could not be more grateful for WH staff!
so grateful for the staff we have for our kids. they have been amazing thru all of this!
Is the recording of this meeting going to be available for listening later?
We appreciate you. Thanks again.
Thank you so much! This is very helpful and informative.
Thanks to you, Jeff, and George, and everyone involved for today!
Thank you so much for taking this time for us. We really appreciate it.
Thank you so much.