The Summit Board of Education is making a concerted effort to keep Summit Public School parents and community members informed of the issues being faced in developing a budget for the 2011-2012 school year.

“New Jersey schools are facing significant challenges, and we must meet them head-on as we work through the budget process,” states the letter, which is signed by Summit Board of Education President Jack Lyness. The letter continues,  “We believe it is important to include Summit Public Schools parents and community taxpayers in the decisions we must make, and we have therefore planned a comprehensive communications effort to inform you of the issues and to provide you with an invitation to support us in making the best decisions for our students.”

The board is directing Summit residents to its website – - to read a special section on budget news. Initial postings include a copy of Mr. Lyness’s letter in both English and Spanish, the budget meeting calendar, and a PowerPoint presentation that provides background information on the budget process and an overview of the factors that impact the budget. Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

“Every budget decision represents a choice on how best to use our resources.  We believe that it is in the best interest of our students for the board and community to work collaboratively in considering these choices,” said board member Celia Colbert, chair of the board’s Communications Committee, which is directing the budget information efforts. “We encourage parents and community members to keep informed of the issues and to attend board meetings. We also welcome their feedback and suggestions.”