Join us for a Community Conversation about the Big Spring Public Schools

Legislators in Harrisburg are beginning to divvy up state funding for PA’s public schools in the ’14-15 budget.  Decisions made in Harrisburg over the next two months will impact both the local taxes home and business owners pay and the opportunities that children receive in their public schools for years to come. Now is the time for community members to get involved in the conversation about public schools in Big Spring.

Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley is excited to host “A Community Conversation about the Big Spring Public Schools” on Monday, May 12 at 6:30 at the First United Presbyterian Church in Newville.

Big Spring Superintendent, Mr. Richard Fry, and teacher, Scott Penner, will be joined by public education advocate Susan Spicka for this community conversation. The format will be short presentations followed by questions from community members. Topics for discussion will include the role of property taxes in funding our schools, how state funding cuts have impacted district finances, and how families can become more involved in advocating for their children and for their children’s schools.

“Big Spring is a special school district that offers students a wide variety of learning opportunities that allow them to be successful after they graduate,” said Spicka.  “However, it’s no secret that the past three state budgets have created significant financial challenges for the district. I most strongly encourage community members and families of BSSD students to come to this community conversation and to get involved in advocating for their children and their children’s schools so Big Spring students will continue to receive the learning opportunities they deserve.”

This event is free and open to the public.

When: Monday, May 12 at 6:30

Where: The First United Presbyterian Church of Newville, 111 W Big Spring Ave, Newville, PA

Who: Community members, families of Big Spring School District students, BSSD teachers and students

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