Over the past month, our School Committee and administrators have been navigating the difficult process of closing a significant budget gap resulting from the projected reduction to Chapter 70 state aid for education arising from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal from the beginning was to balance the school budget with the least possible impact to students, our staff, and the resources we need for excellent instruction. In order to do that, we have worked diligently with town officials to create a strategy that is both good for the schools and the town while being mindful that the fiscal impact of the pandemic may extend into Fiscal Year 2022 and beyond.
We are grateful for the decision that the Advisory Committee made on Wednesday night to recommend to Town Meeting allocating more free cash to help narrow the gap considerably. While we will still be operating at a reduced budget, we believe that this budget represents a fiscally responsible approach. The proposed budget is one that we can work with and it will minimize the need for staff reductions while having the least impact to student achievement. We will continue to update our community in the weeks ahead as we learn more about the Department of Education's guidelines for a safe opening in September.
Chairperson, Hanover School Committee
To learn more about the current state of our budget, and the issues we continue to navigate as we prepare for September, please tune in to a meeting of the Hanover School Committee on Monday, June 22, 2020, at 3:30 pm. This is a virtual meeting.
Watch and Participate in the Meeting
You may log in to the meeting and participate using the following methods:
- Zoom Webinar Address: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/800541135
- Dial the following phone numbers: 929-205-6099
- Webinar ID: 800 541 135
- *If you are a dial-in participant and would like to ask a question, please press *9 to "raise your hand" and enter the question queue.
Other Ways to Watch the Meeting
- The meeting may be viewed live on the following channels: Hanover Community Television
- Comcast Channel 22 / Verizon Channel 37