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Superintendent's Introduction of the FY2015 School Budget

posted May 27, 2014, 7:49 AM by School Webmaster   [ updated May 29, 2014, 12:06 PM ]
Please read the Superintendent's introduction of the FY2015 School Budget below.


Educating for the Public Good

Advancing the quality of the education offered by Scarborough Schools does, indeed, serve the best interests of the public. There is a positive, direct, and 
undeniable link between high performing public schools and the strength of the communities where those schools reside. Public schools were started for the purpose of producing an educated citizenship, likely a purpose that is even more important now than it was back in the 16th and 17th Century.

The mission of our public schools has been significantly broadened and while preparation for informed and engaged citizenship remains a priority, so too is the preparation of students for education beyond high school and preparation of every student for work in 21st Century careers. Preparing individuals for success in careers requires that they have a strong social and emotional foundation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, capacity for collaboration and effective communication, and content knowledge of languages, math, sciences, social studies, and the arts.

Strategically, the School Leaders of the Scarborough Schools have been rebuilding programs that were deconstructed or loss during 2010 and 2011 when 40 positions were eliminated across the schools. Where reinvestments have been made in the last couple of years, we are seeing positive results in student learning outcomes. Still currently more than 25 positions have not been recovered and as a result, ground has been lost in our ability to prepare students to be competitive in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Foreign Language, and the 
Arts.

Here in Scarborough, development of the school budget started in December, continues now, and will be brought to the public which the school district serves in the form of a referendum scheduled for May 13th, 2014. Between now and the school budget validation vote in May, the first version of the 2015 School Budget will be further vetted and refined as more solid funding and cost figures are received.

The FY 15 School Budget does not attempt to restore all of the educational resources lost in earlier budget rounds, but rather it does reflect a proposal to continue to make prioritized, targeted, incremental restorations and investments in key areas critical to preparing all Scarborough students for future learning and successful careers. We ask you listen to, and get involved in, the upcoming budget discussions related to schools and we hope that we can count on your support of your schools when it comes time to vote on May 13th. 
 
Dr. George Entwistle, 
Superintendent of Schools


For more information, please visit the Budget page. We have posted the full calendar for the budget development process, and will add reports and documents to this page as they are presented. We are grateful for the support of our community and hope you will set aside the time to join us in this important work.
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