Volusia County Board Referendum 2012: Save our Academics, Music, Athletics, Arts and Retain Teachers
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THE VOLUSIA COUNTY BOARD REFERENDUM DID NOT PASS. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AND PASS IT ON. SHOW THE VOLUSIA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD AND GOVERNOR THAT WE WILL NOT ALLOW THESE WONDERFUL PROGRAMS TO BE CUT FROM OUR SCHOOLS. OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE PLEASE HELP
The One Mill Tax was NOT approved by the voters, the following program cuts will be made in 2013-2014 Flood the media outlets Forward this to all your friends and families Make sure all the students , parents and teachers throughout the Volusia county schools see this and sign it. Students, some of you could not vote in this year's election. This does not mean that your voice cannot be heard Make it loud This is your future!! You can make a difference
- Projected minimum $25 million deficit for fiscal year 2013-14 is the equivalent loss of nearly 500 teachers.
- Further reduction in the number of Advanced Placement high school classes
- Further reduction in middle and high school elective classes, including the arts
- Reduction/elimination of science fair, social studies fair, field studies/trips
- Reduction of elementary music and art teachers resulting in these subjects being taught by the classroom teacher
- Reduction/elimination of various instructional programs, including Project IBIS (environmental/science learning program) and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)
- Reduction of school district salary payments for teachers to serve as directors for band and chorus, sponsors for clubs, coaches for athletics, and extra duties for supervision and security
- Major reduction in the number of substitute teacher days allocated to each school that results in combining students into other classes and grouping students into gymnasiums and cafeterias when teachers are absent
- Instructional materials provided as classroom sets, rather than for each individual student
- Loss of a high number of teaching positions that result in a further loss of student instructional programs and extra-curricular activities, including athletics.
- Ability to meet Florida Statute class size requirement is highly unlikely with a reduction in the number of teachers, resulting in a financial penalty to the school district.
- Significantly higher class sizes in middle and high school core academic classes and even higher class sizes in elective courses
- Other changes that will impact the instructional program at schools:
- Increased number of combination multi-grade classes at every elementary school (example—combining grade 2 and 3 students into one class with one teacher)
- Increased number of elementary schools that share a principal with another elementary school and further reduction of assistant principals at secondary schools.
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