Pittsford families and community members discussed the Lothrop School budget at the school board meeting on Jan. 8 where two options were presented. The first is a number of cuts to the programs at Lothrop in order to decrease the budget over $100,000, which would result in a 3 cent increase in the budget. The second option is to go to multi-age classrooms. This plan would not require program cuts and may prevent the loss of jobs this year and next year. If we continue to cut good programs, the quality of our children’s education will go down. This would mean a huge undertaking for the school to plan and implement before the next school year. I also ask the community that if this is something the school does embark upon, you offer to lend your time in the next school year to help the teachers and staff with the transition and be supportive. The school board needs and wants to hear from the community on this matter even if it is a quick note to say yea or nay. The school board will vote on this next week. I encourage all families and community members to find out the details of both proposals and contact the school board via a letter, email, or attend the meeting next week Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Lothrop Library.
Kelly Connaughton, Pittsford