Tuesday, June 29, 2004

BOE Strategic Planning - let YOUR opinion be heard

After their kick-off meetings of a couple weeks ago, the South Orange/Maplewood School District is in the midst of setting up committees to actually formulate their strategies for the medium/long term. They are very definitely seeking participation by the public.

If you are even half-way interested in what the school district is up to (and if you're a property-tax payer and NOT interested, shame on you), you really ought to sign up ... they really DO want community participation. After all, if the public doesn't buy in on the direction the school board plans to take the district, it will be well-nigh impossible to convince anyone that their tax burden is worth it.

Gov. McGreevey, Senate President Dick Codey et al. have to be shown that doing nothing (their preferred solution re: property taxes) is worse for them than adressing the issue head on. Until then, priority-setting is going to be VERY important for school boards who have to negotiate the pitfalls of deciding where they can get the most bang for the least buck. You might as well help them do that, by bringing your own needs and desires forward, and hearing what your neighbors' wants and needs are.

The best way to get involved is to go to the school district website, download the info/signup sheet, print it, fill out the form to volunteer, and fax it in to Asst. Superintenent James Corino. The deadline is tomorrow, so do it NOW.

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