Parent Involvement in the City School Budget Process
The city school district is working to get parents more engaged in the budget process.
Monday evening, the District held its first budget open house at the Rochester International Academy. The goal is to get input from parents that District officials will then consider when finalizing its budget plan for next year.
Vicki Robertson is a parent of two kids attending School 12. She suggested the District find new ways to recognize high-performing kids from different socio-economic levels such as providing more true honors programs.
"Sometimes it seems like it's only those middle class kids with pushy parents who get in the MAP program or the IB program and I look around at my son's classes and I see kids that I knew them in 3rd grade and they're doing just as a well as him in 3rd grade but then there wasn't anyone really championing and saying yeah you can do better," Robertson said.
The next budget open house is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12th at 6:30pm at Central Office. Superintendent Bolgen Vargas will propose his final budget to the School Board in March.
Parents & family members can also email their suggestions to the district - that email address is: balancebudget@RCSDk12.org <mailto:balancebudget@RCSDk12.org>.