On Feb. 21, the Board held its regular Workshop Meeting. In addition, on Feb. 15, the Board held a special retreat focused on the budget.
The special retreat was held so that the Board could spend additional time going over the Strategic Budget Redesign, hearing feedback from the Open Houses and asking more in-depth budget questions. At the retreat, the Board had an in-depth discussion about the causes and assumptions of the projected budget shortfall, reviewed historical budget practices and policies, went over questions raised by various stakeholders, reviewed district-wide budgets and discussed stakeholder feedback. No decision items were set for the retreat.
At the Workshop, the Board had the opportunity to hear a student presentation by a group of the “Crew” from Tollgate Elementary. These third grade students went over their recent project where they learned about and dissected frogs.
The balance of the Board’s workshop was around three items:
First, the Board provided guidance related to the staffing ratio assumption that should be used in building school budgets for the 17-18 school year. While there was no formal vote, the Board indicated that the 17-18 budget should not assume any increase in the current staffing ratios. In other words, based upon our current revenue and expenditure projections, any TE allocation decrease (as it relates to our traditional staffing model) at buildings will be tied to projected enrollment decline or a change in program and not to a change in the staffing formula.
Second, the Board heard a presentation on the evolution of our professional learning model and implementation. The Board heard from Division of Equity in Learning staff, teachers and principals about how we are applying new approaches to increase our ability to connect with and serve our students.
Third, the Board received a detailed presentation on the plan to utilize bond dollars. The presentation included a breakdown of the expected project completion dates for a long list of the proposed projects.
As always, you can find the Board presentations and minutes on our website.
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