There are some K-5 classrooms that still have food celebrations. When they have food, the requirement is to have a healthy alternative available for all children, which is usually fruit. The schools offer choice, and they strive to educate children about the choices and many do select the healthy alternative. As a follow-up to this question the district will ask for additional input from its medical advisor on the current practice of food at school celebrations. A further response will be posted here as soon as it is available.
There is no proposed reduction to visual or performing arts education within the district. There has been a focus on a transition plan for the drama program districtwide with the departure of several key personnel who are either retiring or opting not to continue in the drama program at this time.
The Curriculum Committee of the Board of Education met this morning (3-12-14) to review transition plans and is working to coordinate the shift to new staff for these key positions. There is also a commitment to provide formal oversight of the district drama program for 2014-15. This role has been filled informally in the past.
There is every expectation that the outstanding work in the arts will continue to flourish in the future and will continue to be a priority of the district.
The district administrative team is currently reviewing each line item account to determine a mitigation strategy to recommend to the BOE. The following list represents some of the areas of consideration for addressing this budget reduction:
Deferral of some maintenance projects
Reduction of after-school enrichment opportunities
Increase in student fees
Reduction in book accounts
Deferral of both facility and school equipment requests
Deferral of furniture replacement requests by schools