On Tuesday, November 1, the Board held its monthly business meeting. Most of the meeting was dedicated to the Board’s discussion of some in depth policy issues. Prior to those discussions, the Board had the opportunity to recognize some examples of the excellence in APS:
- There was a performance by the cast of A Christmas Carol from Hinkley;
- Recognition of students and coaches who have demonstrated co-curricular excellence by their dedication and citizenship; and,
- Recognition of Ms. Jennie Schmaltz’s Milken Award
It was great to have the chance to celebrate the work of our community. Following these recognitions, the major topics of Board discussion were:
- fee increases at Pickens which will impact non-APS attendees
- APS’ budgeting methodology
- Governor Hickenlooper’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year
The last two conversations are of course connected. At this point, our best understanding about proposed state funding for k12 includes these major components:
- Tabor rebates: $195 million
- $45.4 million increase in the negative factor
- $182.02 increase in ppr ($7,606 statewide average per student). We would need an additional $52/student to keep the negative factor flat.
To summarize, these components amount to statewide refunds of nearly $200 million while at the same time implementing a roughly $45 to $46 million cut to overall k12 funding. This juxtaposition is created by the impact of various constitutional provisions which create automatic adjustments in the state budget.
The next clue to what the 2017-18 budget might look like will come with the December economic forecast. The December forecast is the final forecast before the General Assembly convenes in January to begin the work of crafting the Long Bill, which outlines state funding. One additional economic forecast, in March, will be reviewed before final passage of a state budget, which usually happens in the late spring.
As always we will closely monitor the state budget to understand how we can best align our resources to our work. In addition, the upcoming bond vote and data from October count will provide us with information to inform our budgeting process.
As always, you may review the Board meeting minutes and presentations on our website.
Aurora Public Schools
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