Dorchester District Two held its second public input meeting for the school budget on April 22 and once again, no public input was given at the event.
On April 8, DD2 held its first of two public input meetings for the seemingly tight budget for the 2014-2015 school year. That meeting was mainly attended by DD2 officials, as was the second meeting, held at Summerville High School.
The district is anticipating $165,240,205 in total revenue while total expenditures are estimated to be at $166,491,063, therefore there is $1,250,858 in expenditures over revenues.
The district is expecting a larger staff for the next school year and is still holding out on adding more teachers to accommodate the expected 500 students coming in the fall. Should funds become available DD2 would like to also add more school resource officers, more middle school assistant principals and more guidance counselors.
DD2 would also like a one percent increase in teacher salaries and an increase in the non-certified substitute rate by $10 per day.
The district also wants to purchase three additional activity buses.
The estimated budget has been prepared and presented by Director of Business Services Allyson Duke.
Superintendent Joe Pye said he would have liked for people to attend the public input meetings – and speak up – so that the board could get feedback.
Pye said it concerns him that nobody has spoken up.
“I want people to know what a great job Allyson Duke does,” he said. “We are trying to be open.”
Pye said the community often criticizes the district for “throwing money away” but these public input meetings are meant to work through such concerns. The next budget workshop is scheduled for May 12.
“I want people to be supportive of the district,” Pye said. “Maybe they don’t come because they trust us.”