Grandville Parent Town Hall – Middle School

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Grandville Parent Town Hall – Middle School

okay it is six o’clock so why don’t we get started first of all i would just like to start out by saying thank you for being a part of of this town hall webinar if you will and just wanna uh again thank you so much for allowing us to educate your kids uh my name is roger barrett i’m the superintendent here uh this is going into my sixth year as the superintendent here in granville and i can honestly say there isn’t a finer community or a fire place to to raise your kids and it’s because of you the families the community and the great schools and other businesses and service agencies that we have so thank you very much for being here and being a part of that the goal tonight is is twofold and i think probably the easiest way to explain it to you is in a big long run-on sentence that i created not long ago and i just want to read it to you never in our history have we faced such serious financial implications in schools while trying to plan and implement multiple scenarios of what school might look like during a time when our students and our families will need us the most for education support and as a means to get families back to work and again i know that’s a long run on sentence but i think it really encapsulates the situation that we as granville public schools find ourselves in and i want to talk tonight about those two areas about the programming side of things as we look to the fall and what we are doing in our philosophy behind what we’re looking to do and also the financial implications that because of the situation where we had you know a pandemic that caused many executive orders stay home orders a lot of people not working a lot of people not purchasing things put michigan in a bind and therefore put our schools in a bind very optimistic about about both of the things that are on the horizon the challenges that we face and we’ll be working on all summer long the financial piece uh i’ll point out i won’t spend a long time on it but i’ll point out how you can help us as we look to to hopefully get funding from the federal government to help help michigan schools in this situation so i want to kick things off by uh just having uh people here introduce themselves the people that you see on your screen so uh start out with uh dr merkel good evening everyone thanks for being here my name is scott merkel i’m an assistant superintendent for curriculum instruction and assessment welcome okay heather good evening my name is heather roskowski i’m the assistant superintendent of finance and business services john can’t hear you john thank you john filo assistant superintendent for human resources i got bumped out on my internet did we talk about the q a piece yet not yet okay so throughout the course of this town hall there’s a q a down at the middle of your toolbar on your screen walter had put up a document as you as we started that kind of gave a visual of where that might be if you type your questions in there throughout the course of it myself dr merkel and mrs roskowski will work on getting you some answers some of them will answer live other ones will answer through the q a but just make sure that you if you have any questions you put those in there and then we’ll also be grabbing that information and creating a q a document that we will post on our website that’s derived from not just this meeting but also the meeting yesterday and then the one we’ll have later tonight okay thank you john ken i’m ken c the principal at the middle school and the guy behind the scenes pulling all the strings and so on to make this uh this meeting go off well uh wall uh yes i’m walter keener i’m the technology director for the district um one other additional item i did want to mention is that this uh youtube meeting is being recorded and so

it will be accessible on the granville website at a later date so if there’s any details that are missed you can check for it there okay thanks paul so as john mentioned there’ll be a question and answer you can ask questions uh in that spot down below and we’re going to do our best to answer your questions tonight and if we don’t get to your question don’t worry because we will have it posted with answers as we have a running q a as he had mentioned so so again thanks for being here and to really look at things let’s start first of all by looking at the programming as you know i believe it was somewhere around march 13th we ended up having the stay home order school being closed uh caused a lot of scrambling at the time a lot of figuring out you know a lot of things in our life but from the education side of things figuring out how are we going to provide some learning experiences for our kids and not sure if you know this but the executive order had very specific guidelines for us to follow to not have it be totally school-like i believe a lot of our staff wanted to do more and we could have done more but due to the stay home order and the circumstances surrounding families the unknown whether people had access or not a variety of things went into that that executive order you know we could only provide learning experiences early on we couldn’t do what we would call school in a face-to-face situation i think you know we had a lot of hard work from from our staff we pulled together remote learning resources we had a second wave that provided even you know a little more robust learning resources but still couldn’t quite be school that was the time that we were faced with then and in the guidelines we had i believe we did a pretty good job considering we were trying to build a plane while flying in other words i mean we were already in action their school year had a lot of activities coming up a lot of things coming up and with all the confusion we really worked hard we did the best we could with that situation and we learned a lot from that situation as we move forward and as we look to the fall the first thing i want to tell you is really our feeling our thought behind looking at the fault first of all we want nothing more than for our kids to have in-person face-to-face learning coming back to school we know that is the most effective learning that our students have we know the relationships the connections all the things that go with school the support systems and so on can be done more effectively in person however we know looking to the fall that first of all there will you know the state has to allow us you know they’re going to give us the options we can function under um the guidelines if you will that they will allow us to attend school in the fall so that’s the first thing we have to be cognizant of so we have to look at the different scenarios we also know families might not be ready for their student to come back to school maybe your son or daughter has a you know a health condition maybe you’re just not comfortable yet sending them back and maybe you know maybe you think hey come up with a vaccine be more than happy to send my my son or daughter back what we want you to hear from us is that we will have a remote learning side of things that remote learning format that we’re going to have will be very different than what you saw during the last scenario in the last couple months before school the remote scenario we are developing now is we are taking the face-to-face learning the actual classes kids have and we are really focusing on the what kids learn and when they learn it and then our intent is to mirror that in a remote learning experience as close to possible and written as possible we really have to do that because we know we may have kids next year with a lot that’s unknown that jump from one to the other you know whether you you know you have a situation where uh we’re in school let’s say for two months there’s a major setback flareup we’re ordered not to be in school we have to be able say that happens on a wednesday we have to be able on thursday to have kids be able to transition without missing a beat as far as what we’ve been learning and when we’ve been learning it

now the how might look a little different situations but we’re going to do everything we can again to look at our quality granville education the in person experience and mirror that as best as we can and we have groups of people groups of teachers and administrators working on that as we speak so so the goal is we know you you send your kids to granville for the quality education that granville provides uh in the in person experience the relationships that our staff have with your kids and your families the dialogue the feedback the support systems the reteaching systems whatever it might be that total experience you know we believe is why you send your kids to granville public schools and so for us what we want to say to you is regardless of whether you choose a face-to-face in-person experience a remote experience because you’re not quite ready or if the state says we have to do something you know some certain guideline or something to follow we are going to have that quality granville education that is our our mission and our intent this summer now that like i said will look very different than what your son or daughter experienced those last two months as a matter of fact we’re looking at it as if you’re in a remote setting you’ll have a class schedule just like you do in person and as we mentioned the what kids learn and when they learn it will be as identical as we can possibly make it so your child on a given day of remote learning you know their first hour is the first hour and second hour and so on that’s that’s the intent of what we are creating right now so what else is going on in that world of programming uh as we speak well we have a committee obviously gotta have a committee in charge of the big picture of this because it is a big cookie to to you know break up and make sure everything runs well so we have a committee that is an oversight committee really looking at three areas and we’ve divided our our people into three subcommittees the first one is program delivery program delivery as i mentioned really is the what and when uh we will deliver um you know uh different parts of our curriculum and and so for example if if you are in a middle school class since this was designed for middle school um you know that is going to be mapped out it’s going to be very clear in both worlds for you and i know at a middle school level we’ll be using google tools and there’ll be a lot of opportunities for you and for your your son or daughter to learn more about those should they need to but we’re going to be mirroring that in google classroom google tools format for our middle school and for our high school elementary we’re not it might be a little different it’ll probably incorporate google tools but it might not just exclusively be that so um so that’s one committee the program delivery you know what are those those remote learning experiences looking like how do we um build continue to build on the relationships the feedback the discussions in small groups and so on that kids have during a given school day how do we create that in that remote world for our students also another subgroup is the process procedures and ppe is what we call it uh it really is looking at okay so how do you do school there are a lot of these guidelines out there and you know currently we have guidelines but also remember if you just look back a month ago things look very different we’ve learned a lot our anticipation is that you know we’ve got two months a little more than two months before uh school starts and we do believe things are going to change a great deal so what that committee’s doing they’re looking at all the guidelines that are out there and it seems like everybody has guidelines we’re looking at what’s currently happening around the world there are places in denmark korea all over that are in school right now and doing some of the scenarios that people are suggesting so we’re taking a good look at that just so we’re prepared um you know when you talk about everything from how many kids in the classroom to spacing to you know do you do temperature checks do kids wear a mask or don’t they wear a mask and so on i believe a lot of that’s going to evolve over time i don’t think we have the answer to that right now but we are currently looking at all of

that should we need to do some of those those things as part of how we do school the goal for us will be making our schools safer than they’ve ever been from cleanliness disinfecting um i don’t know if you’ve seen our our clorox 360 machines as an example it’s a mist that just immediately um you know disinfects surfaces and so on uh ultraviolet light is something that a lot of people are looking at a variety of things so we we continue to follow in that format as well just see what’s out there and we’ll be watching and planning as this evolves to ensure that our buildings are safer than they’ve ever been so that’s that’s the second sub group the third subgroup is innovation technology and really we’re we’re so blessed that you know you guys passed the bond some time ago for technology and uh you know as far as devices we’re pretty good with devices uh the key thing for us is to make sure uh access connections uh you know internet connections out there and so on can be very different how do we help with that if that’s something that we need help with also looking at platforms you know as uh you know as we look at the what and the when formatting that into that remote platform if you will uh it’s gonna you know this group will play an integral role in that part as well so though those are our three groups uh that we have um and i want to give you a little bit of a timeline because there’s there’s a lot of unknown right now obviously but i want to give you a timeline of what we’re thinking i mean you know personally i do think we’ll be back you know we have a good trajectory going uh what we’re doing now compared to a week ago compared to a month ago uh you know there’s a lot more happening and we have good momentum as long as there isn’t any major setback you know i i think our our hope of having in-person learning uh will come will come to fruition will happen and you know again as long as we don’t have that major flare-up and that’s what we want more than anything is to have that in-person experience but we want to be prepared no matter what the state gives scenarios they give us to work uh you know the parameters to work within no matter what you as a parent want for your student we will customize that solid granville education for you and that’s that’s what our role is going to be as we look forward we know we’re going to need a room a robust very school-like remote experience and we’re building that again to mirror our in-person experience and from there you know right around mid-july a lot of things should start coming together around the second or third week we think we’re going to have a better understanding of the financial picture which i’ll talk about you know in a little bit here we will contact you and we’ll want to know what your thought is about what you’re looking for for next year for your son or daughter because that you know if we can get pretty specific with that at that time and again what you think today might be very different uh you know second third week of july so we want to get as close to school as possible yet give us enough time where we’re able to really um focus in and plan on okay this is this is where we’re going work out all those details with everything so so we’ll have conversation with you in in july as well with that and again i think as we as we move down the road uh you know a month a little more than a month from now we’re going to have a better idea of how this doing school part works as far as you know spacing class sizes and so on one major uh obstacle for us with the current guidelines we have is busing i don’t know if you’ve seen any of the spacing guidelines i mean you know according to the current stuff that we have the days of 60 kids on a bus are not going to happen next year and it really is looking about one kid every other seat which you know i don’t know right now it’s easy for me to say i don’t know i don’t know how we would do that because you would stagger buses you know pickups all morning long only to turn around and stagger drop-offs all afternoon long and i just don’t see how that could work um within the scale but what we are looking at what we may ask you and a lot of you do this anyway is please help us out and if you can drive your kid to school please drive them and oh by the way if you have a next door neighbor and their parents don’t mind you driving their kid

could you please drive their kid and i think that might be something we’re asking people to do because a lot of people do it already and it would give us a better indication of how many kids truly you know need to be on that bus so we can do the whatever spacing guidelines laws or whatever in place we’re able to follow those and get our kids to school so again we’re not there yet but we we may be asking you that uh come july so i did not want that to be a shock to you i believe that’s all i have right now for the programming again just in a nutshell quality granville education we’re focusing on taking our in-person learning mirroring it in a remote world because we know we need both and we are currently doing that piece of it we want nothing more if you gave us our preference it’s in-person learning if it wasn’t in-person learning we would have already been doing the remote learning at a pretty significant level already but we know the in-person learning the relationships your kids have with us the families you have with us are really what make a grand ball education a very quality one so we want to get back to that as close to that as possible in the first you know the face-to-face environment and also should a parent choose in the remote environment and and make it look and make it be as much school granville education as possible at this time any questions that we have john yeah so one of them was just thoughts on fall sports um and so i thought i could i’ll try to address that and then obviously roger anybody else jump in sure um you know the fall sports piece uh is going to be largely dedicated dictated by what the mhsaa says what the cdc says and what the health department says however we with being able to start gathering with more than 10 now we can gather with larger groups we still have to adhere to the six feet guidelines you’re seeing schools start to to begin some of the conditioning things that they can do that are non-contact outside of that there are youth sports that are beginning to start and i think we’re going to learn an awful lot over the next month related to uh whether those sports are are causing any sort of an increase or not an increase and look at continued updates from the mhsaa from the mde and uh from the cdc and the health department so we would love to be able to say yep we’re doing fall sports because we love to be at the events and it’s great for students and but right now we just we don’t have a great answer for whether we can or cannot because it’s really dependent on on what that uh what those guidelines tell us yes and just so you know our goal as far as uh activities uh within our facilities on our facilities we have set a target date for july 6. so right after the fourth what we’ve asked our people whether it’s uh athletics band uh you know different community ed programs what have you is to come up with plans regarding how those will function uh with the guidelines that we have to utilize at this time uh we’ve also told people in regards to june we’ll have a few june activities going on but what we’ve asked is you know we have to approve those we have to see those and then we have to say yeah that’s something that legitimately we could do right now based on the guidelines that we we have to follow at this time so it’s also in those few things that have been approved will give us an opportunity to kind of get a feel for how things um you know are going and help us learn more for the you know when we try to open things up at an even larger scale in july but our intent in july is to try to get back as close to normal running the summer events that we’ve had the child care we’ve had and so on so we are working on on that component but you will see in june you’ll see a few things i know robotics had something that’s an outdoor event that we have approved there will be some conditioning things going on for kids that we’ve looked at and approved and our people have done a phenomenal job looking at safety first looking at how can we you know get our kids back into things uh within the parameters that we have to to do them in so i feel very good about that so don’t be surprised if you go back you know you go by the high school on a

thursday night let’s say and you see a bunch of kids out there running around and conditioning and so on or or maybe even lifting weights outside we that’s something else i think will be coming here pretty soon since we’re you know the the inside uh things right now we can’t can’t do it this time uh so just a quick follow-up to that the fall sports sign ups at the middle school happen typically in that first week of school and so if you’re talking about middle school sports they happen early on there if it’s high school athletics they start sending out information in early august and from a community ed standpoint that we can’t open up from community yet that would get communicated out through the school pieces as well but middle school specifically to address that question about when do false sport sign ups happen as usually in that first week of school roger there’s a question that was in that’s in this one and was in our questions from the elementary one yesterday just related to how we plan on uh meeting the needs of our students with ieps during the remote learning as we go forward very good question so our uh students with disabilities teachers um as they look at their day-to-day experiences support they look at how our students with disabilities learn they look at the iep goals that are there their task is again to try to mirror that in a remote world and i really think you’re hearing a lot about hybrid hybrid classrooms and people are talking about you know kids go on a monday and a tuesday and a wednesday being off for cleaning and thursday and friday i just want you to know we’re really starting to move away from that kind of stuff right now we want to have in-person learning we know we’re going to need remote learning because not everybody’s going to feel comfortable with their son or daughter coming back at that time and then in between there there may be some hybrid learning but i think i think instead of calling it hybrid learning i would call it customized to the needs of a kid for example if a student has let’s say you know your student gets speech therapy two times a week and you don’t want to send them back yet and you have them in remote learning then what we would do is work with you on a plan for how that would work i mean you know are you gonna bring your son or daughter in a couple times a week to get the speech services are we going to do something find a way to get to you you know how’s that going to work so i would say there’s going to be in person learning remote learning and then in between is maybe a little more uh customized or tweaked learning depending on the situation depending on the support systems you know does a kid have an iep um you know what have you and we’ll work with parents on those as a partnership to create an experience that’s that’s quality for your son or daughter our you know one of our major focus areas is to have much more contact with your student um you know if they’re in a remote world a lot of the the dialogue the small groups that happen the feedback the support systems uh you know re-teaching interventions uh iep goals whatever are there that are more you know that are specific we’re going to do uh everything we can to make sure it says again as much as of that in school support systems dialogue relationships connections with kids as possible the last uh two months that you had wasn’t as much of that and and boy we learned a lot about that how you know we value so much those connections with your kids and with you the family and it was it was much more difficult to manage that not knowing what we didn’t know at that time but now we know we know that’s a major focus area we’re going to really try to ramp up and make that more robust roger you just touched on this a little bit as a follow-up question to the piece you were just talking about just a wondering about um the reasoning behind why speech as an example was not offered this spring through video conferencing um and just wondering you know like they’re not the question says they’re not knowledgeable on what the rules are what they should have expected but just trying to gain a little bit of insight as to why we weren’t able to do that over the past couple of months yeah i think we did the best we could in a short amount of time like i said it was like building an airplane while flying it really was and

we learned a lot we made mistakes we know things we need to change with that we know that you know it’s that is an area that has to be more focused more um more appropriate if you will for uh for kids and for their needs so um you know that is an area where truly you know the accommodations that they might need the uh special uh support attention and so on has to be there it has to be an integral part of this if we’re going to do it like the in-person experience is and so we really you know like i said we really learned a lot from that and we are going to do everything we can to to really make that much more remote robust and much more like it should be well and roger i know that our service providers and angie’s on here our director of student services she might be able to speak to it a little bit differently but i know that our service providers did reach out and contact the students that were assigned to them i don’t know 100 whether that was done via video via phone uh what that looked like but i know that our service providers were making connections with the students that we needed to receive services during this last two two two and a half months so if there was something that was missed we would certainly want to know about that so that we get it addressed as we plan for the fall right i think a big thing is we weren’t looking at it through a lens of okay this is what we do face to face what’s different about the fall is that is how we’re looking at it so if i’m providing uh those you know that dialogue connections support for kids in person i need to ask myself how am i going to do that in a remote model if they are in a remote model how am i going to ensure that we’re following the process procedures guidelines we need to according to what that child deserves how am i going to make that happen and i do think that’s going to be so important to be a partnership between the parent and the teacher in regards to how are we going to make that happen where you’re very happy with the services we’re providing and we know exactly what it is you’re looking for so that you know again there’s no there’s no miscommunication and then just in general questions that are kind of in the background that we’ve been answering um just related to you know what guidelines are we gonna follow what does that look like for the fall are students gonna have to wear masks those kinds of things and um you know my my role in the committee pieces is the ppe the protection the planning and we we have to follow what the cdc and the health department uh provide for us so we’re looking at a document that helps us to open schools and the first part is a screening piece which we’re talking about we have to figure out a way to manage that step in the process and then the second one is the protection of high-risk students and staff and so we have to figure out what that looks like so what we don’t know 100 percent what the cdc and the health department are going to tell schools this is what it looks like when you open and you have to do the following things i think because there’s so much that’s changing even over the last week or two but our role is to take the guidelines that they have and make sure that it fits inside of our our building but we will have to follow those guidelines i don’t have great answers about whether students will or won’t have to wear masks i don’t have great answers about what the screening process will or will not look like but i will tell you that the district will follow very closely the cdc guidelines the health department guidelines as we begin to build and plan for the fall and and just to clarify unless which i you know uh governor whitmer has been you know the state dictates how we’re going to come back to school and she has followed the cdc the health the health department you know the guidelines in every decision that she’s made i do not see her going against that what those guidelines will be you know august 25th compared to you know june 9th could be very different though because again i think what you know what we’re doing now we weren’t thinking of doing a week ago a month ago things are changing pretty fast i know in legislation uh you know we have these different um you know different phases we have you know that we’re in i think right now we’re in phase four uh here in michigan uh school opening is in phase five but i’m hearing the legislation has a bill and it sounds like it has a lot of

promise that is going to take it to phase four so if that were the case right now we would be starting face-to-face learning for school um just to give you an idea now that’s very different than what it was you know a month ago if that should happen i do anticipate it will be put in phase four and as long as the again the path we’re on continues um i i think you’ll see you know the closer we get the more we’ll know the more understanding we’ll have but like john said as of right now we are taking what we know today and applying it to our planning and then a week from now things change we’ll take that and we’ll apply it to our planning right on up to around the time when school starts that’s all the questions that we have under programming at this point roger so it’s probably a good time to jump into the financial piece okay sure as i mentioned in my statement never in our history have we faced such serious financial implications uh i am going into you know i’ve been in education for 31 years i’ve never seen anything like this i’ve never seen the potential of a massive cut to schools forget about the programming side of things but a financial cut to schools like this it’s it’s almost uh unheard of and to just a quick mention of why and i think most of you know a majority of our funding you know we have a per pupil formula that and a majority of that funding is through sales tax and we all know that uh over the time here people have stayed at home uh haven’t been buying a lot generating revenue and going to restaurants and places because most businesses were closed uh you know and some still are closed we’re just starting to open up you know the state of michigan has what’s called a revenue consensus uh conference and they typically have it in january and may um january you know we we were pre-covered and you know looking at things they they didn’t look too bad uh may uh having the one this past may they are looking at um a significant loss obviously of revenue in the state of michigan and because of the significant loss of the sales you know revenue that’s taking place the school aid fund has taken a hit now that’s this past school year we just completed the school year that they’re looking at going oh we have to cut money out of that to the tune of 650 to 700 per student take 700 per student times it by about 5700 kids it’s a substantial amount of money that we would have to cut this year when we just ended our school year most of the money we had for this budget has been spent obviously because we’re rated i mean our our budget ends june 30th we’re almost there how would we do that um it’s it’s almost impossible to do the only thing you could do is take money out of your fund balance number one uh but we don’t have enough money in our fund balance to take care of that problem uh a matter of fact our fund balance would drop down to very dangerous levels even partially taking a significant chunk of that out of our fund balance the state can do some things but very little i mean we’re talking you know we’re talking billions of dollars here um they can do very little because they didn’t have any revenue they don’t have any money there are a couple things they can do to help schools out and we’ve been very clear about those but the most important thing they can do and you can do to help us is to make sure our federal government hears that hey we need you know we need our schools to function we you know at a high level more than ever because of the circumstances that our kids have gone through our families have gone through the potential learning learning loss that’s happened the support that many kids are going to need you know congress you need to give us you need to help us out you need to give us give the state of michigan federal aid and i know all the other states are asking for the same thing to fix that issue from a federal level you know they could do that in the billions and i say that what you know might sound like it’s not very much i don’t think it’s very much money it’s a lot of money but

compared to the relief funds they’ve given for uh you know people previously here it was in the trillions so to fix the public education part of this it really is billions not trillions like they doled out earlier so uh you know this is one time where both sides of the aisle republicans democrats are both uh in agreement and it’s good to see we have legislators that are are supporting uh you know us getting the federal dollars to help schools function the way our bunker schools need to function in the fall so you know that’s that’s something that’s so important how you can help is i know when you first signed in here there’s a website for school funding and as our kids our future is the group it’s a grassroots group made up of kent county muskegon county ottawa county parents teachers administrators and on there the easy it’s very easy for you to do you log in there you’ll you can get on a petition and there are letters that can be sent from the print to the president right on down at the federal level it’ll tell you who you’re you know who your congress people are and so on and it’s just really quick and easy to do so we would ask if you could please do that uh to help us because you know the programming challenge is already there due to the situation we were in but when you have a programming challenge and at the same time you’re so worried about having the largest school funding cut that i’ve experienced in my 31 years in education that just can’t happen and i i’m very optimistic that the federal government will do something i’m worried that it’s going to be too you know not be too late but be late in the game like sometime mid to late july and so we’ll have to be quick on our feet in regards to you know how much funding do we get and is there any uh you know things that we need to do from a district point of view but i wanted to make you aware of that because that is another part of this this piece and and it really is the easiest thing that you can do to help us in this situation is go to that website make sure your name’s on a petition sending our kids you know our kids our schools they need this funding restored so that they can provide the quality education that you know our kids need and deserve so any anything you can do with that again would be greatly appreciated one thing i do want to bring up is a lot of times people say well what about the bond issue money that you got we cannot spend bond issue money on anything other than the things it was intended to be spent on uh we have a new 7 8 building that will be going to be going in and you know we’re providing uh air conditioning in the facilities um and we have some other other things that we’re doing for our kids but you know in that plan things were very specific none of that money can be used in general fund operations of any kind that is illegal so those things are designed uh to go towards what what they’re just what you pass them to go for so if you’re wondering about that that that won’t help us as far as this current situation we’re in any questions there john yeah one of uh both of them are are very similar uh and they’re just related to uh how does the district intend to make cuts so the first question reads where do you see the first area of cuts regarding the lack of funding the district will be facing the second one again similar so i’ll read it there are a lot of rumors going around social media that arts music and sports are going to be cut in order to deal with the budget issues can you talk about how gps will make cuts if we do not receive the funding we need from the federal government to stay afloat sure very good questions and first of all uh you know this is normally we have a good idea sometime in june we’re not going to know this scenario until july we do have to have a projected budget for next year by june 15th and we have that we have different scenarios in place we’re looking at you know we’re looking at every single thing we spend money on most of our money because we’re uh you know we’re student focused service oriented or service agency our our money is tied into our greatest resource which is our our educators our people who work with with our kids we’re going to do everything we can to stay as far away from the classroom as possible should we

have to cut but you know i can honestly say to you that you know you talk six to seven hundred dollars uh as a cut schools will not look the same and not just a great not grand bill i mean we will survive and we we would you would notice it as much in granville but you it would we would take a hit with with uh some of the services and programs we have some schools would flat out districts would close in that scenario because they’re not large enough or they don’t have enough fund balance to survive a year through that that’s how how bad it is you know our you know when we look at our preliminary budget you know we could bring our fund balance down to a you know very close to a dangerous level uh where you would have to borrow money and we still probably would have to look at about a million dollars in cuts so that’s where the current reality is that’s why we need the federal help uh the state can do a few things to generate some money but like i said the state this is a situation normally we’d be talking with our state legislators and we are but we’re talking with our state legislators regarding the need from a federal level and they’re in total agreement they get the situation that they’re in and that we’re in so i’m very optimistic that you know defense will come through because i you know we are in order for our families to get back to work we realize we have to take the education back um so that you can you can be the parent yes and be supportive and help your kid in their their educational journey and partner with us but you shouldn’t have to bear that burden and we’re trying to do everything we can to take the teaching and learning part back so you can get back to work and do the things that you as a parent need to do and not have to worry so much about you know whether you can solve a quadratic equation or not like me and go i don’t know if i can help you so uh anyway um you know that’s that’s how you can help us it’s a quick easy way to help us and uh i do i do i am optimistic i just worry with federal money because their budget ends you know october uh ours ends i just told you june 30 we have to make plans and we’ll have to change our plans along the way i just hope if they’re going to give us funding it’s mid to late july at the latest because we have to make decisions for you know that first day of school and we’ll do that but just know we’re going to stay as far away from the classroom as we possibly can but when you’re you’re talking the amount of money they’re talking in 85 about 85 of your budget is tied into people it’s it’s going to be very difficult to do that so in terms of other questions there’s one that’s here and dr merkel is typing a response uh to that one but otherwise we we don’t have any additional questions from our participants so if there are any others that as you’ve been sitting and you’ve heard mr barrett talk myself talk uh questions that you have that are burning this was this is a great time to just drop those into that q a so we can make sure that we get those answered for you and again if you leave this and you have questions later please don’t hesitate to contact us my my email our phone numbers all of our emails phone numbers are on our website um please feel free or feel free um you know like i said anytime you see me admire uh family fair one of those places now that you know you can go shopping a little more uh i’m more than happy to talk to you and answer your questions so we just appreciate you so much uh for being a part of this for putting the education of your child in our hands we take that very seriously and as we um you know as we really work over the summer to create these two experiences that mirror each other as best as we can we do promise it’ll it’ll be quality um we want nothing more than our school in-person school experience all the activities that go along with it to be back in the fall it you know that there’s nothing better than that and we’re gonna do everything we can to make that happen make sure our facilities are safer than they’ve ever been and if you’re a person that decides you don’t want that at this time um providing that quality granville education experience for your son or daughter and we just you know we we just invite a partnership with you in that that you know the communication

stays very active so that we can listen to what you believe your son or daughter’s needs are and we can do everything we can to make that a reality for you and your kid so there is one other thing there is a survey we will be looking at that survey i’ll be getting the data on it next uh next wednesday it is still open until tomorrow night uh i know also that is on our website there’s a parent letter that i sent regarding that survey and the link is in there um if you have not completed that survey believe we’re all well over a thousand people at this time please do because it does help inform our moving forward as we’re planning again we know in a month though that might be different you might be thinking different than that so we are going to ask you in mid to late july what what your thoughts are again and you know as we move forward so just know that as well so other than that thank you so much uh if there are any other questions one last time john yep yep just one thing um just a quick and this is really a reiteration of what we talked about before or maybe an extension of you know if if a parent chooses to keep their child home at the beginning of the school and then change their mind later in the school year will that be available and the answer to that is yes that’s the purpose behind having the in-school and in-person lessons be identical and mirror and go along the same path in the same speed as the remote learning and so if there needs to be a shift back and forth throughout the course of the year uh students would be able to do that without losing on curriculum right if you’ve ever moved had your kids move schools you understand how that can be very different let’s say you’re in a grade level and you move you know mid-year in that same grade level going to another district and all of a sudden you’re you know your son or daughter’s learning about the solar system and you think man they already learned that they had that in the fall and here we are and you know the spring and now they’re learning about solar system they already learned about it we don’t want that to happen in this this case we want that transition from one in you know the say the remote environment to the in person or vice versa we wanted that to be as smooth as a transition as possible so when they come in they don’t really miss a beat as as they change and that uh that’s it other than uh folks coming in and just saying thank you and we appreciate that from you very much dr merkel i did post that uh the link to the michigan kids advocacy group in the chat a couple of people asked about that um so you can find that in the chat okay thank you so much everyone we appreciate your time and uh just thanks for your faith in us your partnership with us we’re very excited about the fall and uh just really looking forward to a great 2021 school year so thank you very much