BOARD OF EDUCATION EXAMINES WAYS TO BALANCE BUDGET IN LIGHT OF STUDENT ENROLLMENT DECLINE AND POTENTIAL LOSSES IN FUNDING
At its Special Board Meeting on March 7, 2017, the Board of
Education had a discussion about the District’s financial state.
Within that discussion, Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips
told the Board that the District has been experiencing declining enrollment for
the past 10 years. Over the last three years, it has lost an average of 1,300
students each year.
While the District continues to increase efforts to recruit
and retain students, it also projects a decline in student enrollment for the
next three years. In addition to declining enrollment, projections show minimal
funding with the State, and a possible 18-22% reduction in federal funding.
In light of this uncertainty coupled with declining
enrollment, to ensure that the District is able to balance its budget and be
fiscally solvent, the Board voted to issue preliminary notices by March 15, to
certain groups of certificated staff who provide services that are listed in
the resolution and who may be impacted (click here to view the agenda item).
Although these notices will be handed out, it does not mean
each person who receives a notice will ultimately receive a final layoff
letter. It is necessary in order to provide the Board maximum flexibility to
make strategic decisions so that the budget is balanced by June 30, 2017 and
address the District’s declining enrollment.
There are also additional expenditures that will also be
reduced between now and June which could impact classified employees and
“This is a difficult time in our District as we are forced
to consider possible reductions to balance our budget,” Phillips said in a
letter to staff. “The Board and the Superintendent value each and every staff
member, and we realize that this process is tough and may cause anxiety. We
will continue to work together as always through this challenging time and
ensure that we remain focused on educating our students.”