Bartholomew schools to outline legislative priorities

Bartholomew Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts will be giving the public an update on the school district’s concerns and priorities for this year’s legislative session.

The school district’s legislative discussion will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25th at the Columbus Learning Center. Coffee and pastries will be served starting at 8:30 a.m.

Roberts says that some of the hot topics will be tuition funding and how kindergarten students will be counted for school funding purposes.

Pre-kindergarten funding would become simpler and more widely available, under BCSC’s preferences, as would English Language Learning opportunities.

Safety items have been a priority for the school district, as well as teacher recruitment and retention efforts.

Roberts said that the public will have monthly chances to talk directly to legislators, when the Third House sessions kick off again later this month.

Third House sessions are organized by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and they will be held monthly this session, instead of weekly. The first Third House session will be at 7:30 a.m., Jan. 28th at Columbus City Hall.