AGENDA for Meeting on November 16, 2015
Yuka Ohta’s House
Call- in Option:
This connection can host up to 20 people
- Don’t Panic: This is only a recommended budget by a taskforce (An explanation of the budget planning process)
- My conversation with Sandy Gibbs Knox, formerly of Fairfax Flags (What is Fairfax Flags?)
- This is just a recommended budget
- Dr. Garza is putting her proposed budget together in December. It will be made public January 7th
- Unlikely that Immersion will be cut from the budget, based on my conversation with Sandy Gibbs Knox
- However, we need to make sure our voice is heard before the budget comes out.
- What Can We Do? – Action Plan BEFORE Dr. Garza’s budget comes out
- Budget Tool Online https://budgettool.fcps.edu/#
- Create an e-mail template to Dr. Garza (and cc our District Representative) explaining why immersion is important to us
- Make it personal, short, and non-confrontational
- Email to SuperintendentGarza@fcps.edu & cc: email@example.com (Drainesvillle School District Elected School Board Member for BOTH Fox Mills and Great Falls)
- Get as many people as possible to send in emails before mid-December. Disseminate email-template to alumni, parents of alumni, etc.
- Figure out a way to track these emails so we know how many we are sending
- Sign petition to save Immersion
- Join Fairfax Flags on Facebook- They will be leading the broader battle. They will tell us if we need to go to the January 25th meeting, and will be coordinating the effort.
- AFTER the proposed budget comes out
- If Immersion is taken out, then the battle begins! Fairfax Flags should be providing guidance and planning the presence that is required at the budget meetings, writing emails, protesting, etc.
- This is when we ask our contacts to speak at the January 25th meeting, so keep those names in the back of your mind.
- If Immersion is NOT taken out, we still need to monitor if any amendments propose to take Immersion out.
- February 4 is when the budget it adopted
- The REAL BATTLE: How to get the Superintendents and Fairfax County to Fund Our Schools
- This is the next step, because if Dr. Garza cannot get the funds she needs, she will have to cut programs
- Fairfax County with advertise their highest tax rate in February. They cannot go higher than the advertised rate, but will lower it if there is not enough support for it
- Before March 1st, we need to bombard the Board of Supervisors with letters, emails, etc, to keep the highest tax rate possible to ensure that the schools are funded.
- Draft email template
- Outreach to the community: letters to the editor, other public forums to spread the word
- Start thinking of individuals to represent Japanese Immersion at the meeting if we need it—in coordination with Fairfax Flags
- Do we have a contact for the Japanese Embassy for a letter or email to Dr. Garza before mid-December?
- Other ideas?