The Orange County Schools Board of Education discussed the 2020-21 budget and COVID-19 response policies at a meeting last week.
The Board debated on many aspects of the budget, such as whether to expand the preschool dual-language program. The expansion of this program would involve contracting a Spanish-speaking teacher from a company the school system has hired. This would also require new classroom space for the program to take place in, as well as various supplies and materials for the students.
Board member Matthew Roberts said he feels it is important to keep this dual-language program to help students who are not fluent English speakers.
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“This is one of the items in the budget that addresses our needy students,” Roberts said.
Versions of medical insurance subsidies for teachers were also discussed, including a budget option that has no expansions of insurance coverage for OCS employees.