Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Update on the Dunlap School Board budget meeting...

Update on the Dunlap School Board meeting for those who requested it: 

The meeting started promptly at 7:00 PM at Dunlap Valley Middle School. The Board presented a slide show that illustrated a stagnation in EAV (property taxes) at the same time the student enrollment is sky-rocketing. These conditions have created a budget deficit for the 2014/15 school year. To offset this structural deficit, the board will increase property taxes (via their levy) approximately $35 for every $100,000 of property value. Even with that, there will still be a $2.1 million dollar deficit.

The chart below outlines how they plan to balance the budget. Activity fees will be charged for extra-curriculars plus there will be program reductions as well as reductions in staff. A lot of parents spoke. The overwhelming theme is to cut as far away from the classroom as possible. Karen Disharoon asked for a breakdown in the staff reduction expenditure at least in regards to teacher/Admin ratio.

Parents want transparency in the process as well as input. The vote on the budget will be sometime in February. Karen and I are planning to organize a parent-oversight co-op to monitor the meetings and website and to funnel parent feedback to the Board of Education.