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Message from the superintendent

March 27, 2023

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,

I want to personally extend congratulatory remarks to all of our 2022-23 retirees: Andrea Bouck, Jay Jarabek, Patti Jarabek, Charlie Karker, Sue Summerfield and Paul Van Avery. Their contributions to the FPCSD school community have been noteworthy and their presence will surely be missed by all.

As we approach the spring vacation, I want to share some important updates with you. At the Board of Education meeting held on March 15th, the Board acted to adopt the Proposed Budget for the 2023-2024 school year. The budget was developed using feedback obtained from various stakeholder groups including, but not limited to, administrators, teachers, parents and Board members. The leadership team embraces an ongoing cycle of reflection to ensure that we operate all of the departments effectively and with a fiscal conscience. We regularly look for ways to work smarter, more efficiently, and more collaboratively, and we pay attention to the outcomes. We ask ourselves, “Did we achieve what we wanted to achieve? Who benefitted? How can we enhance that outcome in the future?”

The Proposed Budget supports the District mission, to prepare all students for success beyond graduation. The Proposed Budget maintains funding for all current programs as well as accounts for the addition of more social and emotional learning supports and newly created electives at the Jr./Sr. High School. We continue to promote a positive student experience and thus the Proposed Budget allocates funding for the creation of new student clubs and authentic learning experiences such as field trips and guest presenters. FPCSD values our community partners. The Proposed Budget maintains funding that will allow us to continue working with agencies like the FP Free Library to promote community engagement.

Details about the Proposed Budget can be found in the presentation given at the March Board meeting, please view the PDF.

The official Budget Hearing to present the 2023-2024 Proposed Budget will take place on May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room.

In addition, the Board approved the school calendar for the 2023-2024 school year, which can be found on our website’s calendar page.

Please be sure to visit our school website to see a list of upcoming events. Spring will be active for our Hilltoppers! Thank you all for your continued support of our school community!

Lauren Crisman
Superintendent of Schools