Dear parents, students, staff and friends of Woodgrove High School:
April 2nd, the Board of Supervisors (BOS) voted to set the tax rate at $1.155, resulting in a $38M reduction to the unanimously approved School Board budget. Voting in favor of this rate were Chairman Scott York (At large), Shawn Williams (Broad Run), Geary Higgins (Catoctin), Matt Letourneau (Dulles), and Ralph Buona (Ashburn).
Supervisor Ken Reid (Leesburg) was the only Supervisor who voted against the motion because it underfunded the School Board budget. Supervisors Susanne Volpe (Algonkian) and Eugene Delgaudio (Sterling) voted against the motion because they did not believe the tax rate was set low enough. Supervisor Janet Clarke (Blue Ridge) was absent from the meeting.
The Board of Supervisors voted for this tax rate despite the voices heard at public hearings from hundreds of students, parents, school employees and concerned citizens. It was estimated that the ratio of speakers was 8:1 in favor of fully –funding the school budget. The School Board is now faced with making the necessary cuts. Some of the items under consideration are: removing the proposal to reduce class size for next year, reducing salary increases, reducing elementary library assistants, cutting technology assistant positions, eliminating activity buses, and eliminating freshman sports, and closing the smaller elementary schools.
The Woodgrove PTSO will need your help more now and in the upcoming year, than ever before. We are an organization comprised of parents, teachers, students and staff and have come together with the sole mission of supporting our school’s needs. This year, we have provided funding for curriculum enhancement programs such as the “My Access” writing program by Vantage Learning. We have funded classroom sets of books, sent our talented WHS students to conventions, competitions and regional tournaments. Our teachers and staff are recognized for their incredible dedication during our welcome back breakfast, holiday cookie exchange and Appreciation Week (coming up May 5-9th). The PTSO assists with the Back to School BBQ, Homecoming, Senior breakfasts and sponsors the all night Graduation Night Party to provide our students with a safe and memorable last evening as Wolverines. We also recruit volunteers for any school program that requests our help.
Last night’s results were a setback but not a defeat. It’s an honor to be part of our Woodgrove Community. Please join us as we work and strive to be the best high school in Loudoun County.
Susanne Kahler Woodgrove High School PTSO President
2013-2014 Executive Board Members: Phoebe Smith, 1st Vice President Chris Vann, 2nd Vice President Jackie Erb, Secretary Tia Brierton, Treasurer
Last Modified on April 3, 2014
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