JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The Jamestown Board of Education heard the finalized version of the school district’s proposed 2023 budget which includes additional hires and much needed equipment and upgrades.
The budget included a plethora of items, including planned tutoring, additional hires, and much needed upgrades.
Some of those include a new scoreboard at strider field, a renovation of Washington school’s nursing office, and a remodel of Persell middle school’s heating and cooling system.
In addition the school board would hire additional roles to combat the learning dropoff created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a very student focused budget in the same way that our capital project is a very student focused capital project. Our budget focuses on our student needs,” explained Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker. “So we’ve seen the ELA and Math scores across the state and across the country have dropped as a result of frankly, the lockdowns and the COVIDE pandemic and we’re addressing that through our student support centers. We’re addressing reading and literacy at the elementary level, and we’re addressing ELA and math at the secondary level.”
The next step for the budget is to go forward with a public vote, scheduled for next Tuesday May 16, participants will have a few options on their ballot.
“Option one is yes or no on the budget,” stated Dr. Whitaker. “Option two is yes or no on the capital reserve, and option three is and we need folks to vote for three out of four candidates for school board. We have three open positions, two incumbents running, and one open position.
Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m. and registered voters can cast their ballot at Lincoln Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School or Washington Middle School.
Later in the week we will give you an update on the four candidates running for the school board.