More staff at schools among re­quests dur­ing coun­cil talk

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE - By VIR­GINIA TERHUNE vter­hune@ches­

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., 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 jbrews1@earth­ Fol­low me on Twit­ter


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