School Budget Dates

Now that the School Board has received the Superintendent’s proposed budget, there are several meeting dates scheduled that may be of interest to those following the process. Also, this year, the proposed budget will be available online (I didn’t find it posted yet, but it will be), so that the public may follow along through the line-by-line reading and better understand what we’re working with.

This is, in my view, a tremendous improvement over years past.

Meeting Dates:

  • Thursday, April 5 — Board work session on the budget (SAB, 7 p.m.)
  • Monday, April 9 — Special Board Meeting, Public Hearing on the Budget (SAB, 7 p.m.)
  • Thursday, April 12 — Special Board Meeting, Adoption of the Budget (SAB, 7 p.m.)
  • Monday, April 30 — Schools Budget presented to City Council (Municipal Bldg., 7:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 7 — City Council Meeting — 1st Reading of the Budget (Municipal Bldg., 7:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, May 21 — City Council Meeting — 2nd Reading of the Budget (Municipal Bldg., 7:30 p.m.)

It’s likely that there may be an additional meeting or work session scheduled between April 5 and 12, if substantial changes are needed. Also, this schools budget is based upon the Governor’s proposed education funding measures; if those are not adopted, then the budget will have to be revised.

Now’s the time to speak up, Oak Ridge.  Waiting until Council’s second reading is too late.

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