Forest Hills School District holds meeting on potential merger and financial needs

Some people attending Forest Hills School District’s school board meeting on Wednesday fear the district could merge two high schools, others are calling on the board to repeal the culture of kindness resolution. signs before the meeting, protesting the district’s earlier decision to end “Diversity Day”. “You want to show some good faith and get the community to open up a dialogue with you, get rid of your dumb resolution, fire the lawyers, put that money back in the kitty,” one of the speakers during said the public comment. . Forest Hills Superintendent Larry Hook outlined the funding issues the district needs to address in front of a large crowd. the cost of education and operation exceeds the money that comes in. “We try to bring all the options we can and we’ll present them to you and go from there,” Hook said. In a recent video, Hook said there are spent Deficit issues across the district, including no money to perform preventative maintenance. Hook went on to say that urgent upgrades and renovations throughout the district will cost approximately $5 million. Upgrades include roofs, buses, asphalt and CCTV. Nothing has been decided yet, but some fear that the solution to the problem will come in the form of a combination of Anderson High School and Turpin High School. “It’s a nightmare waiting to happen if they consolidate the two high schools because it saves the way Clough Pike in the mornings at layoff times and ball games and everything and it’s going to be a nightmare,” said mother, Barb Arend-Hendricks. At the meeting, board members like Bob Bibb said it would take time anyway. “We haven’t signed anything. We didn’t agree on anything. It may be the best idea, it may be the worst idea. We don’t know at this point,” Bibb said. Jason Simmons is a parent in the district and was hoping the culture of kindness resolution would be repealed on Wednesday night. “One of the things that we value in our family that I think we value more as a society is inclusiveness and belonging and the culture of kindness resolution that was passed earlier this year by the school board stands in stark contrast to that,” Simmons said. . “We have marginalized students in our community who need to know that the community is there for them and this board needs to know that we care and that this sort of thing will not be tolerated. No decision was made at the meeting. The next school board meeting is scheduled for November 16.

Some people attending Forest Hills School District’s school board meeting on Wednesday are concerned the district is merging two high schools, others are calling on the board to repeal the culture of kindness resolution.

Parents held signs ahead of the meeting, protesting the district’s earlier decision to scrap “Diversity Day.”

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“You want to show some good faith and get the community to open the dialogue with you, get rid of your dumb resolve, fire the lawyers, put that money back in the pot,” one of the speakers said during public comments.

Forest Hills Superintendent Larry Hook outlined the funding issues the district needs to address in front of a large crowd.

“This year we’re in a spending deficit, which means we’re spending more than revenue is producing,” Hook said.

Hook said the cost of education and operation outweighs the money coming in.

“We try to bring all the options we can and we’ll present them to you and go from there,” Hook said.

In a recent video, Hook said there were spending deficit issues throughout the district, including no money to do preventative maintenance.

Hook went on to say that urgent upgrades and renovations throughout the district will cost approximately $5 million. Upgrades include roofs, buses, asphalt and CCTV.

Nothing has been decided yet, but some fear that the solution to the problem will come in the form of a combination of Anderson High School and Turpin High School.

“It’s a nightmare waiting to happen if they consolidate the two high schools because it saves the way Clough Pike in the mornings at layoff times and ball games and everything and it’s going to be a nightmare,” said mother, Barb Arend-Hendricks.

At the meeting, board members like Bob Bibb said it would take time anyway.

“We haven’t signed anything. We didn’t agree on anything. It may be the best idea, it may be the worst idea. We don’t know at this point,” Bibb said.

Jason Simmons is a parent in the district and was hoping the culture of kindness resolution would be repealed on Wednesday night.

“One of the things that we value in our family that I think we value more as a society is inclusiveness and belonging and the culture of kindness resolution that was passed earlier this year by the school board stands in stark contrast to that,” Simmons said. . “We have marginalized students in our community who need to know that the community is there for them and this board needs to know that we care and that this sort of thing will not be tolerated.”

No decision was made at the meeting. The next school board meeting is scheduled for November 16.

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