We have good news! Last night at the BUSD School Board meeting, Assistant District Superintendent Jackie McHaney shared the wonderful news that our community letter writing campaign was a success! As we have been reporting on our website news page, our state legislators heard our voices, along with those of similar school districts throughout California, and have, according to news out of the capitol, persuaded the Governor to revise the distribution of CARES Act funding to benefit ALL public schools, AND to allow for remaining budget shortfalls to be paid for with loans, and the promise of later repayment by the state (aka deferrals), once more Federal money becomes available. While a budget has not yet been signed and made public, BUSD has been told that we can rely on these reported details.
What does this mean for Buckeye?
It means this year’s budget will be restored!
This is the news we've been hoping to hear! It is such a welcome relief to all of us - administrators, teachers, staff, students, and parents alike, to know that we will start what will surely be an extraordinarily challenging 2020-21 school year with our WHOLE, vitally necessary Buckeye team in place.
While we celebrate this news that Buckeye schools will avoid the devastating budget cuts announced earlier this month, we remain aware that budget cuts still loom on the horizon. What we have been granted is the gift of time. We now have a year to build a safety net for our programs, rather than mere months. We will continue to work hard to raise funds to keep our programs insulated from the effects of the sudden recession, and hopefully to add programs in the future. To that end, we have set a fundraising goal of $100,000 for the 2020-21 school year. In just a few weeks we have received over $15,000 and climbing! Please help spread the word and keep the donations coming!
If you would like to join our effort this summer, or help us plan for the coming year, please join us via Zoom at our next scheduled Buckeye Education Foundation Board Meeting, Wednesday July 1 at 7pm.
It has been so heartening to see so many Buckeye families and supporters step up to this community effort. I have received so many beautiful, supportive email messages expressing love for our teachers, staff, and community. In this time of divisive issues taking center stage in our daily lives, it is a beautiful thing to be united in this cause of caring for our schools together. I feel very fortunate to be part of a community that can put aside differing opinions to put our children first, understanding that no matter what schooling looks like in the coming difficult years, funding will be critical. With your help, we will keep at it! Together we work to secure the future of our children's education.
I have never been so proud to say - We are Buckeye!
Melissa Keyzer - Buckeye Education Foundation President