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BUDGET CUTS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE HURT RMHS IN SO MANY WAYS...
Michele Weber Chiappini

Even before the proposed new cuts, budget cuts in the last few years have hurt RMHS in so many ways not the least are:

  • Cuts affecting 8 faculty, including an amazing 10-year art teacher, loved by students, who just could not work part time.

  • Computer equipment was purchased summer 2017 to support STEM classes this year.  Cuts to technology support staff caused the equipment to sit, unused, waiting for software installations.  The equipment has just become available second semester.  The first semester students lost out entirely.

  • The transition support staff and program were cut entirely.  TSP supported students out of school for periods of time for physical or social emotional health situations.  The program provided some of our most vulnerable recovering students a safe space to ease back into school and an adult to support the organization and coordination of the makeup work for these students' many different classes.  Most RMHS  students have 5-6 classes each semester.  Arriving back, weeks behind, lost and overwhelmed in classes, increases student anxiety in an already challenging situation for our teens.  Certainly faculty and guidance are doing their best to fill in, but it is an effort in which the student is left to bear most of this coordination effort at a most delicate, critical recovery time.

Our teens need transition support, established and dedicated faculty in all academic areas, and immediate use of the tech resources our community has provided.  Please support our RMHS students. 

Michele Weber Chiappini

RMHS teacher

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