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GSA administration holds public forum

On Monday, May 8, the board of trustees and Jackson hosted a public forum about the recent budget deficit and subsequent layoffs. The trustees introduced themselves, gave a short presentation on finances, then opened the floor for a Q&A.

GSA interim head of school Shelley Jackson

GSA interim head of school Shelley Jackson

“Someone called me the pinch hitter and I liked that description,” said newly hired GSA interim head of school Shelley Jackson during her introduction at the GSA community forum held May 8. This was Jackson’s first public appearance in her new position. After the meeting she said she was pleased with how the community fielded questions and voiced their concerns to her and the board of trustees.

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Lucy Clews, a member of the student-led organization Save Our School GSA

Lucy Clews, a member of the student-led organization Save Our School GSA

Lucy Clews, a member of the student-led organization Save Our School GSA, speaks to the interim head of school and the board of trustees. “We need students working with the board,” she stated. Clews expressed a concern raised by several students that they are the last ones to hear about decisions that directly affect them and that they have no opportunity to provide input.

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George Stevens Academy trustees

George Stevens Academy trustees

From left, George Stevens Academy trustees, Alden Blodgett, Susan Loomis, Amy Baker, Zoe Tenney, Prudy Heilner and Robyn Sealander. Zoe Tenney speaks to the parents, teachers, students and members of the public at a forum held in the GSA cafeteria on May 8. Ten of the 12 GSA trustees attended, answering questions and hearing concerns after giving a brief presentation of the school’s finances.

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