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.

6 comments:

Diane Vespa said...

There is ongoing discussion in regards to this on my FB page. You can also feel free to post your comments here.

Anonymous said...

Please help keep the middle school concept in Dunlap Schools. If the middle school concept is removed children will truly struggle academically. Encourage others to support the importance of the middle school child's development.

Diane Vespa said...

From a fellow Mom of a middle-schooler plus a soon to be middle-schooler - I completely agree. I don't think that's on the table.

Anonymous said...

Last I heard it was. (Please tell me I am wrong!) It would be a $600,000 cut. People think the teachers just get an extra off period, not true. So much is done by teachers during that time to help students.

The Peoria Pundit said...

When are you changing the name of this blog to "Dunlap Rocks?"

Diane Vespa said...

I still live in Peoria.