On Tuesday, the Board held its monthly Business meeting. Given that the Board had several extra meetings in December, and the slower pace of some work over the break, this meeting was lighter than the usual. There were three agenda items that I wanted to bring to your attention:
First, the Board adopted the formal resolution to facilitate the sale of bonds authorized by the bond election. We will now go forward in selling bonds to raise the funds to finance the projects we have discussed over the past 18 months. We are very excited that over the holiday break APS received formal and favorable ratings from the bond rating agencies. These ratings are an independent and objective analysis of how, even in difficult times, APS manages taxpayer resources.
Second, the Board received a presentation on the readopted budget for 16-17. This process reflects the changes in our budget as we align our projections from last spring to our current actual revenue and expenditures. As you know, a major part of this readoption is a significant reduction in administrative expenditures. As we move forward into our Strategic Budget Redesign Process, those reductions will now be reflected in our work to redesign the 17-18 budget. The Board is expected to vote on the readopted budget at its next meeting.
Finally, the Board received the formal recommendation for the school calendar. After completing the significant processes around the Year Round calendar review and the calendar committee process, we have returned to APS’ prior practice of proposing a two year calendar. As such, the Board is expected to vote upon the 17-18 and 18-19 calendar at its next meeting. Some significant elements of the calendar include moving back Fall Break and aligning professional development days by the elimination of Late Starts.
As always, you can find the Board presentations and minutes on our website. Please stay safe and warm today.
Aurora Public Schools
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