Re: 2014-2015 Budget Process
March 7, 2014
Dear Community Members:
You may be aware that I presented a ‘14-‘15 Budget Projection/Update to the Board of Education at the January 28th Board meeting. At that time, we discussed the trend we’ve been on for the past several years to contain costs without impacting our students’ educational experience. In fact, I was proud to report that not only have we identified ways to reduce expenses in the previous few years, but we’ve continued to improve our teaching and learning in some significant ways.
Now, as we embark on this year’s budget process, I want to assure you that I am doing everything I can to see that our district continues to move forward in a positive direction – planning for the 21st century educational needs of our students and investing taxpayer dollars wisely. I invite you to become involved. Read our materials, ask questions and attend meetings. Click here for a schedule of upcoming budget meetings.
This year, once again we are faced with the challenge of reducing expenditures to stay within the tax levy cap limit. As a result, we will need to make difficult decisions about staffing, programs, and extracurricular experiences. At the same time, we look to identify opportunities for efficiency and alternative ways to deliver instruction and promote learning so that we can maintain current class sizes, introduce new initiatives, and support the continuous improvement of our school system.
I invite you to attend our day-long Saturday Budget review session on March 22, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the MHS Tiered Classroom to better understand each area of the budget. The meeting format is designed for community members to ask questions or seek clarification about specific expenditures.
Dr. Robert Shaps
Superintendent of Schools