At the first of three community conversations over the next six days, Jackie Pons addressed parents at Canopy Oaks Elementary about their efforts to keep the school district intact.
Wednesday night, parents said they are concerned about teachers cuts, program cuts, and new school start times--all related to the budget. Pons says he wants parents to stay on the issues and join his "Rally for Education", asking for more support from the state. Pons also talked about the rough times ahead.
"I've got to do what I've got to do to in order to preserve what's best for this system and I promise each and every one of you, that's exactly what I'm going to do and that's what this board is going to do too." said Pons.
The superintendent and parents also spent some time talking about the school start time changes and there are many concerns about how it would affect bus schedules, how parents start their days, and students' extra curricular activities. Pons says the start time change could save the district 1.5 million dollars.
There will be another community conversation Thursday night at six o'clock at Bellevue Middle School.