Because the DC Everest School District has added nearly 500 students over the past decade, they've been able to avoid budget cuts. Yet, with the massive state deficit and partisan disagreement over property taxes, districts around the area may not hold off cuts for much longer.
Superintendent Roger Dodd will retire at the end of July. He says the District is strong enough to weather whatever comes. Still he admits his successor has a hard road ahead. "Sure, it's going to be tougher but parents and teachers and aides working together will pick up the slack," says Dodd.
Dodd says for the short term, DC Everest has adequate facilities to manage their growth with room in almost every elementary school. And the 400 new homes expected as the St. Clare's Hospital in Weston come in would not bring an overabundance of young people. By their calculations they'll be adding about 55 new faces in the near future.
Dodd says he's opposed to adding any more yearly State-run testing and he hopes his successor will be able to protect extra-curricular activities.
Dodd's last day is July 31 after 23 years in school administration and the last eight as Superintendent.