Bethel School Board

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Board Meeting To Hear Public Comment

The Bethel School District Board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, February 15th, 7:00 p.m. in the Shasta Middle School Cafeteria.

The only agenda item is to hear public comment. Under Board policy, the public comment period is limited to three minutes per person. All those at the meeting who sign a card requesting to speak will be heard. The School Board will make no decisions at Thursday’s meeting, but will give residents an opportunity to share their thoughts.

As background, some Bethel residents are concerned the district is removing holiday celebrations from schools. While public schools are not required to hold parties or celebrations around holidays, the district believes that providing students opportunities to celebrate and have fun with their classmates and teachers is vital. And, as a public school system, we must ensure that our celebrations, activities and events during the school day allow all students to participate. We cannot intentionally plan events that we know will exclude children.

Some people are unaware that historically many of the celebrations or parties that have been held at school result in some children not coming to school or not being able to take part for a variety of reasons. Our schools are trying to think creatively about how we celebrate with children, and have fun and meaningful activities at school in ways everyone gets to be involved.

For clarification, while we are not asking families to provide Valentine’s cards, students who wish to bring cards are allowed to do so and time will be provided for children to distribute them. As always, we encourage those with concerns to reach out to their school principal.

Budget Committee Deadline Extended

Applications for the Bethel Budget Committee will now be accepted through December 1.

The deadline has been extended to allow for a greater opportunity to apply for the committee’s two openings. Each position is for a 3-year term.

The Budget Committee provides budget advice and direction, examines the District’s entire budget, and recommends a budget to the School Board.

The School Board will select applicants to fill the positions. Applicants must be a registered voter and must live within the boundaries of the Bethel School District.

To learn more about the Budget Committee call 541-689-3280.  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on December 1.

Budget Committee Approves 2017-18 Budget

Members of the Bethel Budget Committee, including State Senator James Manning, study the district proposal before approving the plan in a unanimous vote.

After expressing concern about the lack of funding and going over the spending proposals for every department, the Bethel Budget Committee has approved the budget plan for the coming school year.

The School Board is scheduled to adopt the plan at its June 26th meeting.

The district faces a $2.3 million budget gap but intends to avoid increasing class sizes by instead using budget reduction days.

The budget tentatively calls for 10 budget reduction days. The Bethel Calendar Committee will meet next week to determine which days to cut, and develop a plan to restore those days should funding become available.

You are encouraged to email your legislators (Rep. Julie Fahey and Sen. James Manning…he’s on our budget committee!) and let them know your thoughts. They want to hear from you, and it’s likely you have something to say.

WHS Games Postponed; School Board Meeting Continues

Previously scheduled Willamette girls and boys basketball games with Grants Pass High School will be postponed tonight, Monday, January 9th.  Grants Pass officials originally determined conditions had improved enough that the games could occur, but later this morning decided against it.

The Bethel School Board meeting will take place as scheduled tonight, 7:00 p.m. in the District office.

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