Our next opportunity to come together will be for our Holiday Kids Bike Bonanza! Our partners and friends at Bike Recycle Vermont, Old Spokes Home and Local Motion remind us that ...Burlington has one of the highest rates of using bicycles for transportation in the nation, but the cost of purchasing a bicycle is a major obstacle for many families. Our Holiday Kids Bike Bonanza aims to provide children in Burlington and Winooski with a safe refurbished bicycle, new helmets, and basic safety education. Every child deserves the empowerment and health benefits that come from riding a bike.
Our school will host this fantastic event on Friday, December 16th from 5:50-8:30 PM in our cafeteria! More information: Holiday Kids Bike Bonanza
You're invited! Upcoming opportunities to engage with the Burlington School District:
1) FY18 Budget Development Process
The Burlington School District has established a website to allow community members to follow the budget development process. This website includes a tool for submitting your input at various stages in the process. Currently, the District is soliciting ideas for content to include in its comprehensive budget document. Visit www.bsdvt.org - Budget tab on left side of main page.
In addition, please review the below timeline, with opportunities for public input noted in bold.
December 12-16 BHS class preference data collected
December 13 School Board meeting – Public input opportunity: EMS Library, 7PM
FY18 Current Services Line Item Budget
December 20 Finance Committee meeting – Public input opportunity: Ira Allen Building, 7PM
Enhancements and reductions discussion
January 9 City Council budget presentation
January 10 School Board meeting – Public input opportunity: EMS Library, 7PM
Board vote on proposed budget
January 17 School Board meeting if necessary
February Comprehensive budget document released
Dissemination of budget information via public meetings (NPAs, etc.)
March 7 Town Meeting Day – public vote on school budget
3) Strategic Planning Forum (Visit www.bsdvt.org for details on this process.)
What has happened?
Last spring, parents, staff, students, community organizations, business partners, state agencies, City Councilors and others reflected on BSD mission and values, generating input on priorities for multi-year strategic planning. In addition, a variety of stakeholder groups within the student body discussed what District priorities should look like over the next four years, including: their own and other students’ experiences relative to injustice or intolerance; how schools should address this type of behavior; barriers they experience in school; and how to remove barriers in these areas. New American families discussed goals for their children's education, what they need to achieve those goals, what might stand in the way of those goals or isn't working now and the most important things that BSD needs to focus on over the next four years to help ALL students reach their goals.
In June, 350+ BSD faculty and staff reviewed input from previous forums, and made recommendations on prevalent issues, mission, vision and core beliefs, in order to determine District priorities which will be used to inform an operational plan. Sample questions posed during the day included: What do these priorities mean in the daily lives of teachers/students? How do we ensure that the daily experiences of our students reflect District priorities?
After reviewing information and identifying trends using input from the earlier community forums, Board Members discussed mission, vision and core beliefs for the District.