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FDK Will Not Be Included in Summit Schools 2013-14 Operating Budget

Louis Pepe, Summit Board of Education Secretary, also clarifies that upcoming Board of School Estimate meetings will focus on budget, not Full-Day Kindergarten.

Editor's note: This information was submitted to Summit Patch by the Summit Public Schools' Communications Specialist and was originally published on the school district's website.

By Louis J. Pepe, RSBA

Business Administrator/Board Secretary for Summit Board of Education

As you are probably aware, the Board of Education has spent a considerable amount of time discussing the merits and benefits of Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) over the past school year. This discussion led to the information session on FDK presented in a Town Hall format at the Jefferson Primary Center on Jan. 23. That meeting has generated many questions, which will be available in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on our website later this week.

However, one question, which needs immediate attention, is whether FDK is included in the 2013-2014 annual operating budget and the answer is no. I want to make sure that there is no confusion related to the upcoming Board of School Estimates meetings scheduled for March, as these meetings specifically deal with the annual operating budget, not FDK or the larger, long-term facilities concerns presently being reviewed by the Board of Education.

Phyllis Sank February 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM
I am curious about how the Mayor, the Common Council, the Board of School Estimate and the Board of Education reached the decision to NOT include Full Day Kindergarten in the operating budget for 2013-2014. Was there ever a vote taken by ANY of these governing bodies, especially the Common Council? Was this another example of the public will being ignored with no recorded official vote on the matter? Where is the transparency that the citizens of Summit have a right to expect from their elected and appointed officials? And, by the way, where are the citizens of Summit - the parents and the advocacy groups for excellence in our public schools? Perhaps, based on the recent history of this Council, they feel their voices will not be heard, and so they remain silent. What a shame for the children of Summit - all of them! Phyllis Sank
Summit Dad February 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Now I am confused. If the BOE is considering FDK for the '14-'15 school year, wouldn't they need to begin construction now? How can the BOE separate this and not include FDK in the upcoming budget. For the record, I am against FDK. David Shanker
Al dill February 12, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Phyllis Glad to see you are as Feisty as ever. Common Council has no official position at this point. We also have no direct input into the B.O.E. 2013-14 budget. As for Transparency all you have to do is ask. If you check you will find some Council members have publicly voiced their opinions. Feel free to call me on this or any other subject and come to our Council meetings Al Dill Councilman Ward 1

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