The challenges that families and the district face are real. Budget realities require difficult decisions in any community or institution and my priority on the SC is to help manage these decisions. When communication is clear and anchored in empathy, leaders and stakeholders can make informed decisions that we can all own as a community. We can rebuild public trusts through effective communication and transparency, ensuring that community and educators input are obtained, visible and vigorously debated. As a SC member,
I will always advocate for our schools, and will work hard to rebuild public trust. I want to bring a disciplined management of risks and budget. I will work with the school administration and town to build a shared ownership of risks and opportunities to maximize the value for the BPS community.
The budget is a large part of what the School Committee has to manage. Understanding its relationship to the overall town budget is important. How school expenditures are prioritized must be clearly presented to the community in the future.
Compared to other communities, School Budget is a larger proportion of the town budget than Lexington or Cambridge.
Comparisons to other communities, Belmont residents contribute the highest proportion of the average household income (~17%) among comparable districts.