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Become a ‘budget buddy’

Oct. 20, 2011

By Giovanna Boggero

 

Have you ever asked yourself: What does the school budget include? How does the budgeting process work? Who is responsible for putting the budget together? Who is responsible for reviewing and approving the budget?

If the answer to any of these questions is, “yes,” then I encourage you to keep reading.

Every year, the Williston School Board invites members of the community to join them as “Budget Buddies.” Having been one previously, I thought I’d share my experiences.

When I was asked to be a “Budget Buddy” in October 2010, I had mixed feelings. First, I thought that the task would require a significant time commitment and, second, I thought that the process itself would be rather complicated, cumbersome and confusing. Well, I figured the best way to find out was by participating and — to my surprise — I was wrong about all of my concerns. It obviously did require me to invest some time, but it was quite manageable and as for the process, I found it to be rather well organized and easy to follow.

What I gained from the experience was invaluable. I had the opportunity to get a close look at everything that is required to be put in place to financially support the schools. More importantly, I was able to really appreciate how challenging it is to strike the right balance between what is required for the best possible education for our children with a fiscally responsible budget in these very tight economic times. It is truly quite a balancing act.

So now that the school budget process is about to begin anew, I wholeheartedly encourage you to reach out to any of the School Board members or the school administration team to join us in this important and valuable process. After all, everybody will reap the benefits of a strong and well-educated community.

Are you unable to join us as a Budget Buddy but still interested in your views being heard? Please come join us for a budget community forum on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the WCS dining room. This is the perfect place to share your thoughts. You will have the opportunity to communicate to the School Board and the schools’ administration team what you prefer the school to continue to offer, to introduce or change.

We hope to hear from you.

 

Giovanna Boggero is a member of the Williston School Board.

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