Thursday, June 19, 2008

Notes on the RSD Budget

More in the T-P today about the revised RSD budget:

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education charged Vallas with reducing his reliance on "Restart" dollars -- one-time money earmarked to rebuild schools in hurricane-affected regions -- for recurring expenses in an earlier roughly $202 million spending plan so the district could build up a healthy reserve and prevent drastic cuts in the future.

This is an improvement from BESE.

Also interesting was the mobilization of Morris Jeff advocates and their coverage victory:

Also at the meeting, a coalition of 25 people called Neighbors for Morris Jeff, wearing matching white shirts, implored the state board to work with them to reopen the closed Morris F.X. Jeff Elementary. The group said they envision developing the school as an early childhood development or an elementary school.

The convoy of parents and neighbors came armed with the results of a survey of more 280 households in favor of reopening the school, demographics of school-age children in proximity to the school and a Powerpoint presentation including a sketch of a proposed redesign of the school.

"Our need for a quality school is undeniable," neighborhood resident Shana Sassoon told the board.

The future of the elementary school will be decided in a larger master plan expected in August that would lay out the future of the city's nearly 130 public school campuses, only about 80 of which would be needed because of a shrunken post-Katrina population.

And also on WWLTV.

Good work Morris F.X. Jeff!

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