More staff at schools among requests during council talk
Now is the time for people to propose priorities for next year’s school budget but few turned up to do so at a meeting of the Southeast Area Educational Advisory Council on Monday night in Dundalk.
The only person to speak was science teacher Ronald Saul of Dundalk High School.
Enrollment is increasing at Dundalk High and so are the number of English language learners, special needs students and students without permanent homes who need services, he said.
“We need additional resources, more guidance counselors, more pupil personnel services,” said Saul, who also teaches engineering in the school’s Project Lead the Way program, which focuses on the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math.
In addition to more staff, Saul also requested that money be found for a laser engraver for the Project Lead the Way program.
Southeast is one of five volunteer school advisory councils that hold meetings in the fall to accept input from residents about what they want to see in the system’s proposed operating and capital budgets.
Council President Jackie Brewster said Charlesmont Elementary School needs a replacement awning at the front of its building and could also use an awning over the pre-kindergarten entrance to the school.
Members also reiterated their concern about longterm overcrowding at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, something that its pending major renovation does not address.
The current school department budget totals about $1.8 billion, with about $1.5 billion making up the operating budget, with the largest share of money going toward salaries and wages.
The superintendent presents his proposed fiscal year 2018 operating budget to the Board of Education in early January followed by a public hearing on the proposed plan on Jan. 17, 2017.
For more information about the budget, visit www. bcps.org, click on “Our System,” then on “Budget.”
The Southeast Area Education Advisory Council will host its next meeting on Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the General John Stricker Middle School library. The topic will be student behavior.
Community Superintendent George Roberts is scheduled to visit, and parents, students, guardians and residents are also welcome to attend.
The Southeast Area council is also looking for new members. For more information, contact Brewster at email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter