The last couple of weeks have been tough. Ms. Alvarez and I have reworked the budget in order to absorb the $100K+ cut our school received. On Tuesday the local school council (LSC) voted to approve the revised Waters budget. As I alluded to last week, all miscellaneous, supplies, and materials budget line items were cleared in order to balance the budget.
I have asked the LSC teacher reps to assess what additional supplies are required to get us through this school year. Copy paper and toner for the worksheets our students use on a daily basis is the most immediate need that comes to mind. We are also looking into our consumable textbooks and technology supplies needs for the start of the next school year. Those purchases typically occur at the end of the current school year or in the summer months.
As we finalize our assessments, we may need to ask our families for financial assistance in the form of a midyear supply and material fee. I will know more in the coming days and weeks as we continue to assess the impact. In the meantime, the WatersToday board approved a $10K spend from its emergency fund to meet our minimum baseline needs for materials and supplies for the next few months. WatersToday raise funds all year long to support our wonderful enrichment programs, including Music, Ecology and Sports.
I will keep you posted on any new developments. We have such an amazing community. On behalf of the Waters administration, teachers and staff, I thank you for your encouragement and support.
-- Mrs. Crespo.