Supt. Message: Board Meeting Update – 3/7/2017

Last Tuesday the Board held its monthly business meeting. The meeting was fairly short as the Board had held an extra meeting in February dedicated to reviewing the budget.

The meeting last week was kicked off by a performance by the Hinkley Jazz Band. In addition, the Board had the opportunity to recognize and honor several students and staff members for their ongoing contributions to APS.

The longest discussion of the night was the Legislative Update presented by APS’ outside lobbyist and special guest, Sen . Rhonda Fields. The Board discussed pending legislation and the latest update about the state budget. In summary, the Board heard that there is a wide range of projections about the state budget but more concrete information should be available in late March or early April.

Finally, the Board was notified of a potential reduction in force. In January 2017, the APS Planning Office projected the 2017-18 student enrollment in APS’ traditional K-12 schools to be 32,201, a decrease of 1,660 students from the 2016-17 October pupil count of 33,861. As such, APS sites will be staffed to account for this decrease in students.  The Board will receive more detail and, as necessary, a final notice at its next meeting.

As always, you can find the Board presentations and minutes on our website.

Rico Munn
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.”