Recent News

Outreach to the Board of Supervisors

PASS Community — We have a very important issue that needs your attention…ACTION NEEDED ON BOARD OF SUPERVISORS BUDGET FY 2017/ 2018 On April 13, 7 pm at WW Robinson Elementary School, 1231 Susan Avenue, the Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on its “advertised”

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Board of Supervisors Public Comments

PASS Parents and Friends: This Thursday, April 13th in the cafeteria at W.W. Robinson at 7 p.m., the Board of Supervisors will meet to hear public comments on the tax rate and budget for the 2017–2018 year.  That tax rate will have extensive impact on funding for education

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Rally tomorrow night

Last week, we wrote about a push by Supervisors Bailey and Shruntz to make an unprecedented $3 million cut in the operations budget for our schools, and spend the $3 million on capital improvements (almost four times as much as was spent on CIP last year). We

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Get ready to be outraged.

PASS Parents and Friends: I suspect this e-mail is going to outrage you.  The subject matter outrages me. Yesterday, during the Board of Supervisors work session on the budget. Chairman Helsley had proposed giving the schools operations the same $25 million as last year, plus an additional

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The numbers, in one chart

Hi, PASS Friends and Supporters: Lately, there has been a lot of back-and-forth about operational funding and capital improvement program funding (CIP) in the budget for our schools. This grew out of a letter to the editor from Supervisor Cindy Bailey on March 3rd which accused the

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A Community Choice

PASS Parents and Friends: We founded PASS a little over two years ago, in response to our perception that local government had become unduly responsive to a vocal minority of anti-tax zealots. In the two years since, I have spent many dozens of hours standing outside football

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Myth-busting and Debt

Hi everyone! Michelle here. As some of you may know, I serve on the PASS board, and am the newest editor of PASS. Stuart & I have a daughter in 8th grade at Peter Muhlenberg, who entered the SCPS system when she entered 6th grade. Shortly thereafter,

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Myth-busting and CIP

PASS Parents and Friends: Time and again, we have heard an argument from people who oppose additional school funding: the tired myth that the School Board has taken money intended for capital improvements and spent it on teachers’ compensation. It isn’t true, but it has been repeated

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The Story of our Community

PASS parents and friends, (Seth here) I find the story some folks tell about our community frustrating and worrisome. That story goes like this: “Extras, like quality schools and public safety, would be nice to have, but Shenandoah County is too old and poor to be able

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Flat funding and rising costs

Hello my PASS friends!! 🙂 Some people have wondered on our page and elsewhere why it is that our schools can’t get by on flat funding — why the amount of money we used to educate our kids last year wouldn’t be sufficient to educate them this

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