As part of our strategic budget redesign process, we continue to review past practices and think differently about how to align our resources to our work.
We want to thank the hundreds of students, parents, staff and community members who provided feedback during our recent budget open houses. We value your time and thoughtful consideration. After reviewing the feedback, it is clear that, among other things, our community values the following:
- Maintaining opportunities for our youngest learners
- Providing a well-balanced education including extracurricular opportunities for students
- Having a minimal impact on school budgets and classrooms
As a reminder, you may review the feedback from our budget open houses here. Your feedback will help inform the next steps of our work as we evaluate our available resources.
As we move forward in our budgeting process, there are still many moving parts to consider that are outside of APS’ control including the level of Read Act funding, the impact of the Gallagher Amendment on the per pupil revenue allocation and the likely increase of the Negative Factor. State officials plan to provide an updated budget forecast in March, which will greatly impact our budget landscape for the next school year. These moving parts may impact our revenue and expenditures, so it is vital for us to have flexibility in how we respond to these factors.
To help inform our process, the APS Leadership Team is asking the APS Board of Education for guidance on our staffing ratios for the 2017-18 school year. In order to maintain the flexibility needed to respond to budgetary impacts, we are asking the Board for a ceiling on a possible staffing ratio increase. We are recommending that staffing ratios increase no more than 1.25 from the current staffing ratios.
To be clear, the APS Leadership Team is not, at this time, asking the Board to increase staffing ratios. At this time, we are seeking guidance around an acceptable range that can be used as we factor in the other moving parts mentioned above. The goal will be to use as little, if any, of that range as we get more clarity on the state budget. The final staffing ratio recommendation will not be made until late March or early April.
Thank you for your continued patience and support.
Aurora Public Schools
“My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day. I do my job by making sure we have the right people, doing the right work, with the right resources in the right way. My community needs me to do my job.”