From property taxes to staff reductions, class-size to curriculum content, bus schedules to facilities management, local school boards are the targets of the concerns of many area residents.
Attending a school board meeting once every month might get one up-to-date on current issues, but whenever a school board invites the public to be part of the information gathering – and yes, even the decision making – residents would be wise to take advantage of every opportunity to listen, learn and speak about their school district concerns.
Anyone can post anonymously on social media. But how much credibility can you put into a post with vile, hateful remarks by an author hiding behind the cloak of anonymity? Do you want decisions made about your tax dollars or a child's education based on masked postings on social media? I didn't think so.
The Upper Perkiomen School District has scheduled a series of public informational sessions to help gather and share information on issues that affect the district. The next one is scheduled for Feb. 27.
There will be one meeting each month (March 27, April 24, May 22 and June 26) through the end of June. All meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and are held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Upper Perkiomen School District Education Center, 2229 Buck Road in Pennsburg.
According to a recent advertisement by the district, something of note is that the information workshops may include discussing and taking action on any business that may come before the board. That is important for you to know.
The school district budget is always a matter of concern, and the Upper Perkiomen School Board again has scheduled a separate series of public meetings that will allow residents to be informed of and educated about the budget process.
Those meetings are scheduled for March 4, March 18, April 1, April 22, May 6 and May 27 and will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Upper Perkiomen School District Education Center. The meetings run from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The school board has extended these opportunities for you to attend these meetings and witness the process or contribute to it.
Including the scheduled school board meetings, that's 16 opportunities to attend a public meeting held by the Upper Perkiomen School Board.
The public's absence from these important meetings can be seen as trust in and approval of the board's actions (in that case, you may forfeit your right to criticize), or total disapproval and frustration of the board's decisions. Either way, how can you be sure if you don't show up – at least to some of the meetings?
Worse yet, how will board members know if they are making decisions based on a majority of the public's approval or in spite of it?