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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 management staff.
“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.”