Supt Message: Board Meeting Update – 2/21/2018

On Tuesday, the Board held its monthly Workshop meeting.  The meeting began with a lengthy public comment period.  Much of the public comment was focused on concerns and suggestions about our provision of translation services.  The balance of the evening was dedicated to three main topics:

Request to renew the charter of Vanguard Classical Academy
The Board granted the renewal application for a period of one year.  The renewal was conditioned upon an extensive list of conditions related to the governance of the charter school and certain practices of its board of directors.

Community engagement
The board heard a presentation about the district’s framework for community engagement, common challenges for school districts in engagement work and APS’ strategies to try to overcome such challenges.  The board held a discussion about its interests in community engagement and ideas about how to improve our connections to the community.

Budget Planning
The Board held its annual budget planning conversation which included an overview of the state budgeting process, district revenue and expenditure trends, forecasts of future budget pressures and the impact of the new law requiring mill levy sharing with charter schools.  Several key points should be highlighted:

  • Last year, if we changed nothing in our budget we were facing a revenue shortfall that was projected to be up to $31 million.  This year, if we change nothing in our budget, we project that our budget would be flat.
  • Budget planning priorities were recommended to the Board by District administration.  In a separate e-mail those high-level priorities will be shared with you.
  • The budget planning priorities include several specific expenditures for which we will now begin working to identify supporting resources.  One of those expenditures is the recommendation of roughly $10 million for a pay increase for all staff.

As always, you may review Board minutes and presentations 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.”