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Lacey School Board Grapples with Budget Deficit and Architectural Services Debate

Overview: In a recent Lacey School Board meeting, pressing financial challenges took center stage as Superintendent Vanessa Pereira outlined a $6 million budget deficit for the upcoming year and the board hotly debated the retention of architectural services. The deficit, attributed to a net reduction of $10 million in state aid over six years and the expiration of the Esser program, has forced the district to consider staff cuts and other austere measures. Meanwhile, the retention of an architect for district projects stirred controversy, with Board Member Skip Peters Jr. questioning the architect’s performance and transparency, leading to the decision being tabled for further scrutiny.

Overview: In a notable reorganization meeting, the Lacey Township School Board elected Harold “Skip” Peters, Jr. as the new board president and Kim Klaus as vice president. The meeting also brought to light concerns regarding the performance of the district’s elementary schools, with a community member highlighting low math and reading scores and urging the board to prioritize educational improvements.

Overview: The recent Lacey School Board meeting was marked by student concerns over the handling of recent student deaths, contentious discussion over legal billing, and the acknowledgment of a departing board member. The student representative updated the board on recent school activities, and Superintendent Dr. Vanessa R. Pereira acknowledged the loss of three high school students and expressed holiday wishes.

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