Exchanging Ideas

BELLAIRE SCHOOL officials are preparing to embark on another funding request to help stop the flow of red ink in the district.

Superintendent Tony Scott and the board of education are setting the foundation for the push by holding a public informational meeting. It is being dubbed, “A State of the School Public Forum,” and will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the high school cafeteria.

Scott is working hard to attract as large a crowd as possible, as the forum will be the first step in shaping a funding request that he hopes is well received by voters. He is encouraging all school organizations and groups such as PTOs, Band Boosters, Alumni Association, Touchdown Club, etc. to attend and participate, as well as the general public.

We reaffirm Scott’s attendance request as such groups have an invested interest in the school district’s future as well as play a key role in getting voters to give their approval to a funding request.

Scott says the forum’s goal is to trigger a positive give-and-take dialogue which may yield avenues to generate a new influx of money into the district.

A new revenue-generating funding source is critical to the well-being of the district, as some $4 million in cuts have been implemented while staffing has been in significant fashion.

This will mark the fifth attempt in the last few years to have a funding issue passed for Bellaire schools. The first two tries came in the form of a 12.9-mill property tax. The latter two requests were packaged as a 1-percent earned income.

Scott and the board of education now believe an 8.9-mill levy is now the way to proceed. The forum well enable schools officials to present their case while giving those in attendance an opportunity to express their views.

The meeting may also spawn other options more palatable to voters.

The forum is a prudent move by district officials to get district residents all on the same page.

We encourage all those with a vested interest in the Bellaire School District attend Thursday’s meeting and let their voice be heard.