Pasco School Board plans budget town hall meetings
The Pasco School Board has made some difficult and unpopular decisions already in its effort to balance next year's budget. But more choices remain, as the district continues to face a growing revenue shortfall, with most of the new state money earmarked for specific purposes (like teacher raises) and costs (such as retirement contributions) rising.
To explain the scenario, and also to hear concerns, complaints and questions, the board members have scheduled four town hall meetings -- including one online -- for later in May. Each begins at 6 p.m., as follows:
• Wednesday, May 22 - Seven Springs Middle School cafeteria, 2441 Little Road, NPR – Hosted by Board Chairman Cynthia Armstrong
• Tuesday, May 28 - Hudson High School mini-theater, 14410 Cobra Way, Hudson – Hosted by Board Member Steve Luikart
• Wednesday, May 29 - Virtual Town Hall Meeting – Co-hosted by Board Members Allen Altman and Joanne Hurley
• Thursday, May 30 - River Ridge Middle/High School cafeteria, 11646 Town Center Road, NPR – Hosted by Board Vice-Chairman Alison Crumbley
The virtual town hall meeting will air live on the district’s television station, PETV, Brighthouse channel 614 and Verizon channel 40, as well as on the district website at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/communications/videostream.
If you have questions, you can send them in early on the district website or by leaving a message at 813-602-1887 or 352-363-1887. In past years, board members have heard students and parents urge them to protect such things as arts education and athletics.