Greenwich BET Adequately Fund Greenwich Public Schools

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Eliza Rybszleger
Eliza Rybszleger signed this petition

The Greenwich Public Schools budget was materially reduced by 3 million dollars this past Monday. While superintendent Dr. Jones has been able to identify $728,000 in reductions anything beyond that would impact STAFFING AND PROGRAMS specifically in the following ways: 

-An estimated 30 teachers, support staff and administrative positions would need to be eliminated. This would undoubtedly increase class size and negatively affect the student-teacher ratio. This issue could be exacerbated if guidance is issued around the need for smaller class sizes in light of COVID-19. 

-Multiple programs would be in jeopardy: music, art, PE, athletics, intramurals, ALP, World Languages and extra-curricular activities.

We are requesting the BET go back to the table WITH Dr. Jones and her team to discuss if there are additional funds that could be directed to the BOE. All BET members agreed that they do NOT want these cuts to directly impact the classroom, students and the quality of education. Therefore, we ask that all 12 members sit publicly with Dr. Jones for further discussion. While COVID-19 affects every aspect of our town we are asking the BET to utilize the tools and options necessary to bring the BOE budget to an agreeable number that will not have a negative impact on our children or their education as THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF GREENWICH.