Reading Public Schools Seeking Budget Parents for FY17 Budget Process

The Reading Public Schools is seeking parents to be a part of the FY17 budget process in the role of budget parents.  If you are interested in serving as a budget parent or if you have additional questions, please contact Linda Engelson at 781-944-5800 or by email at linda.engelson@reading.k12.ma.us.   A description is as follows:

Reading Public Schools Budget Parent Information Sheet

WHO      Any parent who has children in the Reading Public Schools may become a budget parent.  Representation will come from the following groups:

  • Individual Schools
  • High School Extracurricular (Athletics, Drama, Music)
  • Special Education PAC

RESPONSIBILIITIES         The budget parent responsibilities are as follows:

  • Participate in meetings with the Superintendent of Schools and Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Administration from December-March to learn about the school department budget and the budget process.
  • Work with the Superintendent and the Director of Finance and Operation to review, critique and give input on the budget and the budget process.
  • Understand how the budget process works and be an advocate for the entire school department budget
  • Act as a liaison between the school department and their child’s school by reporting back to other parents both formally (PTO and School Council meetings) and informally
  • Attend School Committee meetings and other pertinent meetings during the budget deliberations in January, February, and March

WHEN     Meetings will begin in late November/early December and will occur prior to School Committee meetings.  The month of January is a busy month with one to two meetings per week.  February and March will have a total of two or three meetings.

The following School Committee meetings in January, February, and March are dedicated to the FY16 budget.  The Budget parents will meet at 6:00 p.m. prior to these meetings.

January 7, 11, 14, 20 (Financial Forum), 21, 25

March 16 (Finance Committee Meeting)

Please note that each budget parent does not have to attend every meeting. We would always like at least one representative from each school at each meeting.

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