How does the referendum address the budget cuts you’ve been making?
We have cut more than $50M in the past three years and approved cuts of $17.2M for this school year. These cuts are in response to three things:
- inadequate state and federal funding
- a growing gap between the cost of required special education services and the limited reimbursement we receive for those services
- increasing educational needs of our students and increasing educational costs
These financial pressures make it more and more challenging to provide what our students need and our community expects. Increased funding from the referendum will help us invest more in student needs while limiting additional budget cuts. We will also continue to seek ways to be more efficient and effective in educating our kids, stopping things that no longer work and identifying things that will help us achieve the goals of our Strategic Plan.