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GASD will move forward on comprehensive planning and budgeting

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The Gettysburg Area School District board of directors said they would be working on a comprehensive plan and budgeting issues over the remainder of the school year.

Assistant Superintendent Christine Lay said the district was moving forward with a three-year comprehensive plan. A public review of the plan will be held next August and the plan will be approved next September.

Lay said the plan included curriculum, special education, technology and other aspects and would be developed using surveys, analysis, and goal-development meetings. The plan will be made with input from administrators, board members, teachers, parents, and community members. Lay encouraged people who have interest in serving on the review process to reach out to her and said she would keep the board updated on the plan’s progress.

Board president Kenneth Hassinger said he wanted the board to focus on balancing the budget going forward. Hassinger said he did not think the state would be providing funds to help the district balance its budget. “It’s my belief, as a board member, that we should start looking at a budget resolution long-term to help the citizens of the community,” he said. 

The board also made routine approvals and heard from one resident on the subject of the state mask mandates

Member Amy Beth Hodges made a detailed review of education-related legislation at the state level including mentioning HB1332, “Empowering Parents with Curriculum Transparency,” that, if passed, would require each district to post online its entire curriculum, including links to all textbooks being used.

The next board meeting will be Oct. 18 in the Middle School auditorium.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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