WCS seeks public opinion at forum

— As the Warrensburg Board of Education heads into months of budget formulation, they have planned a community forum to hear the public’s views on the school’s future direction.

The public forum, set for 6 p.m. Nov. 28 in the high school cafetorium, will be moderated by the regional BOCES staff.

With the purpose of prompting frank, open discussion on prioritizing programs and spending, the event will be conducted in a roundtable format, school Superintendent Tim Lawson said. For all but the conclusion of the session, school officials will not be present, he said.

“We’ll be welcoming new thoughts and ideas,” he said. “The school board and administration have a great desire for the forum to provide open communication and transparency with regard to future decisions they will be making.”

Lawson said the initial “talking points” of the forum’s discussions will focus on the opinions expressed in the recent survey of school district residents, conducted by school administration.

More than 500 questionnaires were returned in recent weeks — of the 2,500 survey forms sent to area households, he said.

“We had a really good response rate,” he said.

Those planning to attend the community forum are urged to contact the school, so the school administration can gauge the approximate size of the forum and make appropriate accommodations, Lawson said.

“We’re hoping that it’s a productive evening,” he said.

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