Two public forums set for school district budget

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The Beaufort County School District will host two public forums for community members to learn more about the school district budget being developed by the Beaufort County Board of Education for the 2019-20 school year.

The first will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Battery Creek High School. The second will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Bluffton High School. Both forums will be held in their respective school media centers.

Participants at each forum will receive a presentation on the budget and will have a chance to ask questions and make comments to board members.

“Developing the school district’s annual budget is one of the Board’s most important tasks, and that process needs to be public and transparent,” Board chair Christina Gwozdz said in a release. “Board members want feedback from parents and community members on next year’s preliminary budget proposals, and we hope they will attend one of our two public forums so they can learn more.”

The board hopes to officially certify the district’s 2019-20 budget at its May 21 meeting at the Hilton Head Island Library. Beaufort County Council’s timeline calls for a third and final reading of the district’s budget on June 10.

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