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APRIL 2015
Hello Beasley Jaguars!
 
As you should already be aware, our district is facing some financial hardships.  These challenges bring about uncertainty in the staffing and programs we will have available next school year.  Due to this, all elementary schools will be notifying families by mail the first week of August with your child’s classroom placement and teacher assignment for the 2015-2016 school year.  There will be NO Meet Your Teacher during the month of May as Beasley has done in the past. 
 
The citizen led Financial Oversight Committee and our superintendent has presented data regarding the budget.  Over the past 6 years, property values in the district have decreased by 1.33% per year.  This has led to the district’s total revenue only increasing by .75% a year during the same period.  Meanwhile, over the past 6 years general operating expenses have increased 2.16% per year as salaries increased 1.55% per year.  Since our district receives 60% of our revenues from local property taxes, we now find ourselves in a position where our budget has an $8 million deficit for next year, after having a $5 million deficit this year.  Financial analysis predicted these deficits back in 2011.  The Finance Committee was adamant in stating that they found no waste in the district’s budget over the 6 year period.  Some of the suggested budget adjustments include reducing  23.5 teaching positions districtwide, which would be all first year teachers, reduce district transportation and/or charge transportation fees at $218 per student  for students less than 1 mile from school,  freeze the purchasing of library books and periodicals,  reduce teaching supply budgets at each school , eliminate 9 health room assistants and 5 instructional technology assistants (computer teachers),  eliminate tutoring, reduce Additional Compensation Stipends (ACS), which are how we pay teachers to hold clubs like Girls on the Run, Character Council,  Generous Jaguars, Drama Club, and Academic Olympics, track and field,  and special chorus, and defer technology upgrades to our computers and network. 

As you can see, the district has reached a point where any budget adjustments they make will most definitely impact students and families.  The Board of Education and Dr. Ridder, our superintendent, are looking for feedback on this plan from parents and community members.  They ask you email them at budget@mehlvilleschooldistrict.net to give them your ideas on the proposed cuts.   The school board will approve the school year budget for 2015-2016 at their meeting on May 21st.
At Beasley, this means that both first year teachers, Miss. Huber (third grade) and Mrs. Walker (fifth grade) have received non-renewal notices.  Mrs. Kleffner, our health room aide and Mrs. Carosone, our instructional technology assistant will not be working at Beasley next year.  Our instructional coach, Mrs. Weber, will become a classroom teacher at Beasley.  Mrs. Hingle, our part-time reading specialist, has also received a non-renewal notice.  I will continue to keep you updated with information as I receive it. 
Our third, fourth and fifth graders are completing MAP testing this month and we are proud of their efforts.  Our theme this year is “Hocus Pocus, Jaguars Focus”.  Our MAP Kick-Off assembly featured a magician and was a lot of fun.  Thanks to PTO for their support of this MAP assembly and MAP treat bags. 
The first week in May is designated “Teacher Appreciation Week.”  This year that is May 4-8.  It is nice to say thanks to all of your child’s teachers to show you appreciate their efforts.  They do a great job and are always giving of their time and talents.    “Kind words do not cost much.  Yet they accomplish much. ~ Blaise Pascal Think how much your kind words can make a difference!  Sending a thank you note or email is such a nice gesture. 
 
We are in need of many volunteers for our upcoming Spring Festival on Friday, May 8.  This is a great way to celebrate a great school year.  Please complete the volunteer forms that will be sent home in the Wednesday Weekly mail.  We are also looking for PTO officers and volunteers to serve as a part of PTO for next year.  Please contact me or Rachel Francis at rachel-francis@hotmail.com if you can serve in this capacity.  Other volunteer opportunities are coming up too!  Be sure to volunteer for field day or other events to show your support and help us as we celebrate the 2014-2015 school year together! 
 
With appreciation for all you do, ~Mrs. Deane 
 

 


 
 




 

 

 


 
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