Hearing on $8.1 million Einstein budget draws no public input

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Even though Einstein Charter School’s budget is increasing nearly two-fold as it takes on an academically failing school next year, no members of the public came to comment on the proposed $8.1 million budget.

At the public hearing Tuesday night, a requirement of state law, board members leafed through budget packets and asked questions of Einstein’s business manager Doug Guidry. The Lens highlighted several changes in Einstein’s budget, which is nearly doubling from this year’s $4.6 million.

Einstein received a $1 million federal grant earlier this year to turnaround Intercultural Charter School, which loses its charter June 30. Einstein will take over ICS July 1, and is calling the site Einstein Extension.

Members waited for 45 minutes to take public comment and with no members of the public on hand, members adjourned the meeting at 5:45 p.m. Members Laurin Jacobsen, Lauren Pigeon, Emily Danielson, Donnica Conway, and Kathy Litchfield and Ryan Bennett were present.

The board will meet June 4 for its regularly scheduled meeting.

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