Tuesday, April 28, 2009

School Budget Town Hall Draws Local, State Officials

Open Forum Scheduled for Thursday, April 30

Members of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education are scheduled to be joined by state representatives for a public town hall meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 30, at Kearny High School, 7651 Wellington Street (92111).

The public is invited to the session to not only share their opinions on current budget issues, but if they arrive at 6:30, can ask district staff members directly about their departments and how they are working to keep cuts away from the classroom.

The town hall is an official meeting of the Board of Education and all five members are scheduled to attend: President Shelia Jackson, Vice President Richard Barrera, John De Beck, John Lee Evans and Katherine Nakamura. State Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) and Assemblymember Marty Block (D-San Diego) are scheduled to attend. Representatives of other state elected officials are also expected.

Parents, school communities and taxpayers are invited to share ideas with the board members and state representatives. The discussion will include the use of federal stimulus funds and other budget options.