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Board Community Dialogue - October 3, 2023

Board of Education Community Dialogue - Budget Priorities- flyer

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Board and Community Dialogue

October 3, 2023


The Allocation of District Funds



Over the last decade or so, public school districts have had to make cuts to programming.  What might you like to see reinstated, if possible?


To the extent that you are aware of our district initiatives or others, what academic enhancements might you like to see, if possible? 


When you consider Athletics or Fine Arts programming, what enhancements might you like to see to FPS programs, if possible?

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Question 1: Reinstated

Music Program

Spanish - Foreign Language at elementary schools


Math literacy

Education Reputation (from 1975)

The Basic Skills for Students

Athletics - Intermural opportunities


Question 2: Academic Enhancements

Opportunities like Hackbots (during the school day)

Expansion of Languages

Affordable Opportunities for All

Focus on family - parental involvement

Focus on the real needs of the students

Smaller classroom sizes


Question 3: Athletic/Fine Arts Enhancement

Music Studio (Digital Music) Lab/Studio

Make sure we provide the Basics First

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Steam - ALL Schools - Incongruity

Curriculum Available at All Schools - Incongruity

Foreign Language - Incongruity

Advanced Math Placement



2-Academic Enhancements


Nutrition/Food Choices

Students should be able to move as fast as they can

Concerns of all “honors” classes

IB Middle Years Program

Additional in-school tutoring

Cohorts to build community

Structured Interventions in K-5

Grade 6 through 12, inter-cohort tutoring and peer-building

Continued Teaming


3-Athletics or Fine Arts Enhancements


Athletics being an auxiliary budget and not out of the school budget

Eliminate Extracurricular Fees (eliminating Pay to Play - Good START

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Find a way to help identify each student's strengths to help them find a career path that fits their strengths and interests. 

Explore options for giving high school credit for work/apprenticeship experiences.


Set up arrangements for these folks (content and skill experts), such as ex-military and retirees, to earn a teaching certification while teaching plus mentor teacher/assistant.


Find ways to leverage retirees and ex-military to help teach trade skills/different pay scales.  Extern-ship?


Partner with unions to “marry“ “people who know how to do these things with certified teachers.


Middle School/High School, Bring Back:

  • shop classes
  • home economics
  • etc.
  • culinary arts.

Personal finance in middle and high schools. Students are asking for these.


Bring Back More Electives:

  • auto shop
  • carpentry
  • EMT
  • electrical
  • HVAC
  • construction
  • plumbing
  • graphic design

Students are asking for these.