Friday, April 22, 2011

Update on Budget Prospects

Superintendent Kowba held a news conference today on the status of layoff notices and the district’s budget prospects. Specifically, he responded to misleading and inaccurate information that the district is sitting on an unused surplus of $57 million. In fact, these funds have already been programmed into the proposed budget for the 2011-12 school year and the district continues to face $115 million in budget reductions.

It’s important that our staff, families and district supporters are not misled into thinking that the district has hidden pots of money that can be used to prevent layoffs. The answers to relieving the district’s financial crisis are with advocacy efforts to convince state representatives to reject further cuts to K-12 education. Read Superintendent Kowba’s letter to staff.