Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ACTION NEEDED: Federal Funds

At Wednesday’s BOS Finance Committee meeting, the committee supported a motion to allocate the entire $9.4 million dollars of the Federal Education Jobs Fund Grant to the School Board. Of that, $4.5 million will be used to restore full salaries to LCPS employees and the remaining funds will be set aside for the FY12 LCPS budget. As a result, the Association strongly encourages you to do two things:

~ email the BOS Finance Comm. members who supported this item to thank them for their right vote and encourage them to support this item when it goes before the full Board on Tuesday, November 16. Below is suggested text for your email—please send this email from your personal email account after school hours and include in your email how the salary freezes and pay cuts are impacting you :
Stevens Miller (Dulles):
Susan Buckley (Sugarland Run):
Jim Burton (Blue Ridge):

I appreciate your vote to recommend to the full Board that the entire $9.4 million dollars of the Federal Education Jobs Fund Grant be allocated to the School Board. Choosing to have $4.5 million used this year and setting aside the remaining funds for the FY12 LCPS budget is a balanced and reasonable approach.

As an employee whose personal finances have been deeply impacted for three years, this small recognition of my continued hard work is a help to both my morale and my personal finances.

I look forward to your continued support of this item when it comes before the full Board next Tuesday.

~ plan to attend and speak at the public input session on Mon., Nov. 15 @ 7pm at the Government Center in Leesburg. This is our last opportunity before this important vote to make it clear to the Supervisors that LCPS students and employees are worth more. Simply call 703.771.5072 to be placed on the speakers list. Please feel free to contact me if you would like us to review your remarks.

The Association has worked on this important issue for several months now—this is the last push and your voice matters. Speak up.