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The 2018-2019 proposed budget represents the work of the entire Leadership Team who have studied and implemented the process of strategic budgeting and labored as a team to propose a school or department budget based on our District Improvement Plan, School Improvement Plans and Special Services Improvement Plan. We seek to “Know our Kids” and educate the whole child to result in high student achievement, social-emotional health and future success.

The proposed budget builds upon the past two years’ foundation of motivated and growth mindset teachers and students, thriving Professional Learning Communities, a revised Teacher Growth and Evaluation Plan, increasingly rigorous curriculum, benchmark assessments across all content areas, digital learning K through 12th grade, professional development in the areas of social-emotional wellness, mathematics, reading, special education, and organizational health. The work of elementary curriculum leaders for English Language Arts/social studies and math/science and secondary curriculum leaders for English Language Arts, mathematics, social studies and science, are supporting teachers in curriculum writing and engaging learning opportunities for students.

The Superintendent’s proposed 2018-2019 budget reflects a strong investment in quality instruction for student learning and success. This budget continues to support teacher growth because we know from research that the number one factor behind student achievement is a highly qualified teacher. The budget continues to support job-embedded personalized training and collaborative support to teachers through curriculum leaders, instructional coaches and teacher led learning. The budget enhances our special education program to provide specialized staff training and specialized instruction for special education students including those with significant disabilities. This budget builds on our current resources and provides professional development focused on teacher led analysis of student learning data, improving instructional practices and increasing student performance.

A high performing school district in the 21st Century requires a strong infrastructure. The budget provides for high quality staffing and resources to procure appropriate class sizes, comply with federal and state mandates, preserve safety and security, and meet service demands in special education. Necessary staffing and training to ensure the continuous development of highly qualified certified staff is financially achieved with reductions in consultants for areas where in-district support is now available and reductions of teachers and staff through attrition while being mindful of appropriate class size, workload and service needs. Funding is allocated to continue the support of a reliable effective technology network and a 1:1 digital environment.

Budget increases are included for our current union contracts and a significant increase in health insurance costs.

The resulting budget is $35,191,548 that reflects an increase of $579,704 and represents a 1.67% year-to-year increase. The health insurance increase accounts for 1.5% of the 1.67% increase.

This budget builds on a solid foundation to continuously improve services and learning opportunities for students while ensuring support and training for highly effective teachers who will deliver rigorous instruction in a nurturing environment as they prepare our students for success in the world of tomorrow.

Superintendent's Budget Presentation - March 5, 2018 - PDF

Budget Questions and Answers

Department Budget Presentations

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