What do you believe should be the priorities in the school district? If further cuts have to be made, where or what would you cut?
Ashton: The priority of our district is to provide the best education possible for each and every one of our students. If further cuts have to be made, they need to be made in the best interest of our students. Administrative positions, facilities, extracurricular activities and class sizes are some of the potential casualties if further cuts are needed. The approach to the cutting process needs to be balanced to minimize the impact on classroom learning.
Brown: Again, as with most government entities, funding is our biggest problem. Over the last few years, the district has taken significant steps in controlling spending. The elimination of one program or service will not resolve the financial crises. But continued supervision over operating expenses must continue for the district to survive on the limited resources available.
Carey: I think the priorities of the district are and should continue to be what is best for children. We should continue to look at programs that help our children to be globally prepared in this new era. New jobs are being created each day; our children must be prepared for those jobs. We cannot continue accept what we have always expected. We must have higher academic expectations and better parent participation to help children achieve. At this time I would not speculate on areas that should be cut. I would need to review all information available before these types of decisions are made.
Halloran: We are facing a very uncertain economic future. If the state continues on this path of making education a low priority, then the community will bear the responsibility of educating its young. I would encourage a strong community dialogue on how the schools and community will work together to ensure we are meeting our obligations to our young.