My Goal in Blogging

I started this blog in May of 2008, shortly after my election to the School Committee, because I believed it was very important to both provide the community with an opportunity to share their thoughts with me about our schools and to provide me with an opportunity for me to ask questions and share my thoughts and reasoning. I have found the conversation generated on my blog to be extremely helpful to me in learning community views on many issues. I appreciate the many people who have taken the time to share their views. I believe it is critical to the quality of our public schools to have a public discussion of our community priorities, concerns and aspirations.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

A NEW Update from the Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee

Note: I received this email from Alison Donta, Chair of the Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee, on Monday, and she has graciously given me permission to post it. The documents are now all available on the ARPS website, so I encourage anyone with an interest in understanding our budget better to review those documents carefully. Thanks so much to Alison and all members of this group for their VERY good work on behalf of our schools

Dear School Committee...

In fulfillment with our charge, the Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee has submitted for posting complete (or as complete as possible at this time according to the ARPS staff) answers to our three rounds of questions on our web site at: We expect this to be available on-line by noon today. I have also attached here the documents themselves, for your records.

The Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee will be meeting again to discuss whether we have now met all aspects of our charge or whether there is still remaining work to be done. We anticipate meeting within a week and will email our liaision, Irv Rhodes, with this information and an invitation for any/all School Committee members to attend this meeting and weigh in on this topic.

We hope you are pleased with the results of our work to date and find the on-line availability of questions and answers useful to you and to the public and that this information can assist you as you move forward with the budget process.

Respectfully submitted,
Alison Donta-Venman, Chair, Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee


Anonymous said...

Hi Catherine. I just posted something for the CBAC under the wrong blog entry-- can you please make sure it ends up here if it is not too much trouble. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

These reports are extremely useful and there is a lot of information. Thank you CBAC. This was a lot of work. And for the answers that were provided from the district I commend their cooperation (a chunk of which occurred under Dr. R?).

Many thanks to the CBAC. We really appreciate it!