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Jeff Szymaniak's Personal Meeting Room - Shared screen with speaker view
George Ferro
05:52
please make sure you are muted - thanks
Erin Smith
08:14
George, Should people put their questions here in the chat? Or Should they unmute themselves to ask questions?
Dawn Byers
10:00
We hear about "OPEB" cost increases to the budget. Can you explain what OPEB means and how that affects the annual budget increases?
George Ferro
10:39
if you have questions - please use chat feature - thanks
Marshall Ottina
11:46
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?
Andrea Cipolla
12:38
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?
Kara Moser
18:37
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?
Julia
18:45
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?
Julia
19:06
*towns
RP Glover
21:53
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?
RP Glover
22:30
You’re answering now, thanks!
Erin Cox
26:26
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
Sheryl Goldstein
27:29
How will cutting reading teacher affect Title One? Getting rid of reading teachers is really upsetting.
Rosemary Connolly
31:09
since Plymouth county is getting their COVID related reimbursements form the federal government, are we seeking assistance from Plymouth County
Susan Medeiros
35:37
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?
Kara Moser
39:36
Can you outline some of the significant reductions the district has already made over the past 5-10 years?
Kara Moser
41:48
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?
Marshall Ottina
41:51
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?
Dawn Byers
42:05
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?
Erin Smith
42:06
was there a reason reading specialists were chosen as cuts rather than non reading positions such as tech, or PE, art, etc...
Susan Medeiros
43:50
How can we as parents with children in the school district help you?
Marshall Ottina
45:38
Does control over E&D default to the state if DESE takes over December 1st?
Sheryl Goldstein
48:42
If there is no library support, how will elementary teachers receive their prep five days?
Matt Harden
49:21
With no librarians/media specialists and continued cuts to programs will this effect NEASC or other accreditation?
Tara
50:50
Thank you Jeff for your transparency and dedication to the students, teachers, administrators and parents.
RP Glover
51:03
Need to echo that last sentiment - WH has been heroic in all educator efforts. Thank you
Andrea Cipolla
51:08
Agreed. This is very helpful.
Kara Moser
52:00
and vote!!!
Marshall Ottina
52:20
Go to town meeting and vote!!
Charmaine Jordan
54:03
This has been extremely helpful. Thank you for taking time to meet.
Matt Harden
54:27
Thank you for you leadership and dedication.
Susan Medeiros
55:12
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!
Erin Cox
55:34
agreed, thank you for meeting with us
Kara Moser
56:39
Agreed- could not be more grateful for WH staff!
Paula Rosado
57:33
so grateful for the staff we have for our kids. they have been amazing thru all of this!
kathleenottina
01:01:12
Is the recording of this meeting going to be available for listening later?
Susan Medeiros
01:01:13
We appreciate you. Thanks again.
marisharivas
01:01:15
Thank you so much! This is very helpful and informative.
RP Glover
01:01:18
Thanks to you, Jeff, and George, and everyone involved for today!
Julia
01:01:20
Thank you so much for taking this time for us. We really appreciate it.
Jaime Lacey
01:01:26
thank you
kathleenottina
01:01:26
Thank you so much.