Weekly Message from the Superintendent
Dear Staff and Families,
At the BOE Fiscal Committee meeting on Tuesday night, Chief Financial Officer Ryan Fealey presented the 2024-25 proposed operating budget. During the presentation, we shared important information about the types of programs, services, and staff positions that could be eliminated if our City Boards do not approve the entire requested increase.
Departmental budget presentations are scheduled for Wednesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. via zoom.
We also are hosting opportunities for staff, students, and families to ask questions and share feedback about the proposed budget. The sessions will be via zoom on Tuesday, January 30 as follows:
- Staff – 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Students – 5:00 p.m.
- Families and Community – 6:00 p.m.
Staff, students, and families will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of the BOE about this proposed budget during the Public Budget Hearing on Thursday, February 1.
Thank you in advance for your support and willingness to be an active participant in the budget process this year.
Café con la Super
The January Café con la Super is Monday at 6:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Government Center. The meeting topic is the 2024-25 SPS Budget. Click here to let us know you will attend. English interpretation is available for non-Spanish speakers.
I want to take a moment to thank Westhill Teacher Sheryl Berkley for inviting me to her classroom last week to participate in a lesson about budgets. Ms. Berkley has done an amazing job engaging her students and teaching this topic in a way that is relevant and understandable for her students.
Filling in the Blanks
The Filling in the Blanks mobile food pantry will be in Stamford tomorrow from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Families in need of this service can visit the mobile food pantry in the back parking lot at Cloonan Middle School.
Thank you to Filling in the Blanks and all of our community partners who participate in this event on the third Saturday of every month to support local families in need. If you would like to learn more about how you can support Filling in the Blanks, please click here.
Magnet School Lottery
The 2024-25 elementary and K-8 magnet school lottery drawing took place earlier this week. If you applied to one of our elementary or K-8 magnet schools, look for an email from email@example.com in your inbox or spam folder. Please note, the email was sent to the account used in the original application. If you did not receive your results email, contact SPSLottery@StamfordCT.gov. Please note, if your child was offered a seat in one of the magnet schools, you must accept the offer by Tuesday, February 6.
Board of Education Appreciation Month
January is Board of Education appreciation month. Serving on the Stamford Board of Education is an elected volunteer position in Stamford, and our BOE members give generously of their time in support of our schools. Please join me in thanking them for their many contributions to our school district.
Stay Safe and Healthy!
Dr. Tamu Lucero