Wednesday, April 27, 2022

HCSD Watch: About the 2022-2023 Budget

After publishing Ken Sheffer's commentary on the Hudson City School District's proposed budget for 2022-2023 two weeks ago, Gossips received some questions about the contingency budget. Being unqualified myself to answer the question, I asked Sheffer, who has a better understanding of HCSD's budget process than anyone I know, if he would do another piece about the contingency budget. He graciously obliged, providing a second opinion piece yesterday: "Now, More Than Ever, It Is Time for an Emergency Intervention." In it, Sheffer not only discusses the contingency budget but also provides some sobering data about how our school district measures up. 

Gossips has also learned (and Sheffer makes reference to this in his commentary) that on Monday, May 9, Dr. Lisamarie Spindler, the new superintendent of HCSD, will be at the informal meeting of the Common Council to talk about the proposed budget and answer questions. This is part of what is being billed as "Budget Presentations Around the District." The meeting will be a hybrid--taking place in person at City Hall and on Zoom--so everyone will have access to the meeting.

On a different but related topic, today is the day that petitions to run for the HCSD Board of Education are due. Petitions must be turned in before 4:00 p.m. It will be interesting to learn who, if anyone, is throwing their hat into the ring.

1 comment:

  1. I hope people vote "no" for this stinker of a budget. How they can keep raising the tax burden with lowering enrollment and increasing federal support is unhinged. And poor performance to show for. Too much administrative bloat.