Proposed 2018-19 budget invests in student mental health, addresses school safety

Broadalbin-Perth’s proposed 2018-19 budget includes $75,000 in salary and benefits for a full-time mental health counselor, who will be able to work directly with children who could benefit from therapy in the school setting.

“During the 2017-18 school year, we’ve invested in new devices and technology designed to enhance the security of our schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson. “In many ways, adding a mental health counselor to our staff will do even more to keep our students safe.”

Some of the investments the district made during the 2017-18 budget year included purchasing systems that will scan a visitor’s ID and run an instant background check before main office personnel will allow them into the school. B-P also purchased door monitoring systems to help personnel keep track of individuals using exterior doors away from the main entrances.

Qualified residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will vote on the proposed budget Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the middle and high school gymnasiums. Additional information about voting is available on the district website.