Get Involved in the District Finance Conversation
Since you are a member of our Glen Crest parent community, we thought it would be helpful to share some highlights of the very important finance conversation that is currently occurring at the district level.
IN THIS POST
1. A Look Back
2. Current Status
3. Looking Ahead
4. What You Can Do
All details below have been provided by the CCSD89 Finance Committee. View their presentation in detail here.
1. A LOOK BACK
For the past 10 years, the district has cut nearly $3 million from the budget through the following:
- Staff reductions and cuts (eliminating support positions, combining administrative roles, etc.)
- Identifying operating efficiencies and pursuing cooperative purchasing (custodial, transportation, energy management, etc.)
- Eliminating administrative transfers
To this point, the cuts have avoided student programs.
2. CURRENT STATUS
After these cuts, the district is operating a deficit budget due to the following:
- Rising enrollment
- Increased external costs
- Investments in programs proven to improve student achievement (e.g., increased access to technology, full-day Kindergarten, longer school days.)
3. LOOKING AHEAD
The district is in a position where decisions must be made about how to operate moving forward, and created a Finance Committee (comprised of parents, staff, and community members) to evaluate how to maintain core values while being fiscally responsible.
At a recent Board of Education meeting, representatives from the Finance Committee presented information on the deficit budget and potential solutions. They recommended also that the Board start a larger conversation to engage all residents in exploring two possible options:
Option 1: INCREASE REVENUE
through a referendum to maintain high-quality schools and preserve property values.
Option 2: IDENTIFY PROGRAMMING CUTS,
which could result in reduced services and ultimately impact property values.
4. WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Participate in the upcoming Community Engagement conversations (information and details coming soon) and encourage your neighbors, friends, and others who have a vested interest in our community to attend
- Educate yourself by reading up on district news when it comes to you via mail and email (Start with the Annual Report, Finance Committee Presentation to the Board of Education, and Finance Committee Documents)
Questions or eager to get involved? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.