The Finance Subcommittee (a component of the Strategic Planning Committee)
will be holding a meeting on Monday, February 3, 2003 at 6:30 pm in the High School
Library or Commons, depending on interest. Library is preferred because the
acoustics are much better, however if a large group is present the Commons
will be used.
I pass along the following information:
1. The Subcommittee. The Finance Subcommittee is not charged with making
the final decisions. They will make a recommendation to the school board.
The Subcommittee was selected to hear this information because they are
familiar with the school budget, they have worked on other projects related
to the budget, they have representation from the public and Budget Board,
and as a sounding board they were already in place.
2. The Subcommittee agenda for Monday, the 3rd. The Subcommittee has a
number of issues:
A. How deep is the hole? The shortfall from the state varies by some
known-s: i.e. the amount lost through Measure 28 and the December shortfall
which doesn't look to be restored; and some unknowns: i.e. what is, or if
there is, a March shortfall, and the impact of the May transfer or if that
B. Based on the depth of the hole, what action should the District pursue?
i) Should contingency money be used? The District has $250,000 here but
may need some for other unknown emergency(ies). The hole could be as deep
as 7-800,000 dollars and in that case could not be covered by the
ii) Should the district borrow money? Whatever is borrowed needs to be
repaid which reduces budgets for ensuing years and effectively postpones
cuts without guaranteeing restoration in the future.
iii) If positions are cut, how are they done with the least impact on
students and the educational program?
iv) If days are to be deleted from the calendar, how many and how will
they be dispersed? On this matter, there is a need to negotiate with the
bargaining units depending on the shortage determined at 2.A., i.e. if we
are going to run out of money this year sometime despite using all available
revenue, we will have to lock up.
v) Other. I don't presume the items i - iv to be the complete agenda.
3. Audience participation. Given the deliberations, it is prudent to note
that this is a committee meeting held in public, but it is not a "town hall"
type public meeting. Input will need to be controlled by the chair so that
the committee can complete its work in an organized and timely manner. The
committee will ask questions of those people they need information from and
there may not be an opportunity for questions from all who have them.
Therefore, I'd recommend:
A. Any CEA member with a question(s)/information should forward it to Dave
Nickelson. His input will likely be requested from the committee.
B. Any OSEA member with a question(s)/information should forward it to
Sandra Scaife. Her input will likely be requested from the committee.
C. Any member of the public with information requests should prepare them
in writing and forward them to the chair at the meeting or prior to the
meeting. The Chair is Kim Meyers and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or
you can leave her a message at my email address or via the district office.
The School Board will consider the subcommittee's recommendation at a
Special Board Meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5th.
I am requesting all district administrators to broadcast email this
information to all employees under their supervision, and for the
information to also be posted on the district web site as well as a bulletin
board in each of the district's work sites.
Dr. Rick Stuber
Superintendent of Schools