School Board to discuss budget reduction

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What: Moffat County School Board meeting

When: 4 p.m. work session, 6:30 p.m. regular meeting, Thursday

Where: Yampa Building, 775 Yampa Ave.

With budget season looming, the Moffat County School District will turn to four guiding principles to steady its course through the process of budget reductions.

The first guideline, and the most important, according to Assistant Su­per­intendent Christine Vil­­lard, is to remain true to the district’s core beliefs: student learning and achievement, and continuous improvement.

“It will help guide the decision making process,” Villard said. “As we start to look at specific items in the budget, we will see how they go back and how they tie in to the guiding principles.”

At a 4 p.m. work session before its monthly meeting Thursday, the Moffat County School Board will discuss the final draft of the guiding principles and the plan for the process of cutting almost 10 percent from the district’s $20 million budget.

Because of the economic re­­cession and decreased revenue, the state planned to cut 4 to 8 percent of funding from K-12 education, it’s largest budget line.

In December, the state estimated cuts of 6 percent from K-12, however, that number quickly is climbing, district Finance Director Mark Rydberg said

“The last thing I heard was 7.75,” Rydberg said. “And that could still change.”

For Moffat County, state funding makes up about three quarters of the district’s revenue. Combined with increased insurance premiums and other expenses for the 2010-2011 school year, the district is looking at cuts amounting to 10 percent, or $2 million.

Although the school district has a specific process for creating the budget each year, Rydberg said this year’s process is highlighted because of the need for cuts and the potential impact of those changes.

“Ten percent is a significant number,” he said. “It’ll definitely involve some tough decisions.

“The budget season is a very anxious time every year. It’s important to make sure people know how the process is going to go, and hopefully that will provide some calm.”

Villard said the reduction plan was designed to give the faculty, staff, parents and community a detailed look at how the process of making cuts will occur.

“I think it’s important for people to understand and know there is a process and that there is a thoughtful methodology that we are using to make these difficult decisions,” she said. “When people are informed of the process and know when they can give input, it helps to gather the information that we need.”

The plan includes a timeline for discussions and feedback of chosen budget cuts.

The timeline indicates the first draft of an actual template of budget cuts will be discussed at February meetings, including parent advisory committees, the school district accountability committee and the Feb. 25 School Board meeting.

Rydberg said the timeline and listed opportunities for feedback from the community provide transparency through the process of making cuts.

“The school district has responsibilities to its staff, to the community, to the taxpayers and all these different entities,” he said. “I think spelling out a process and getting a general timeline is important in order to keep some type of consistency and expectations known.”

Villard encouraged parents to attend PAC meetings at their respective schools, the SDAC meeting and School Board meeting work sessions, during which a budget discussion will be a monthly fixture until June.

“We need everyone’s best thinking, whether it’s what to cut, ways to generate income or ways to share services,” she said. “Those are all things that will help make the decisions easier. We all have a stake in it. Every community member does. It impacts everybody.”

Comments

taxslave 4 years, 10 months ago

Under President Obama’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” over $77 Billion was given to US schools with a ‘mandate’ to totally eradicate the teaching of cursive writing in every classroom as it has been deemed ‘outmoded’ for the 21st Century American Economy where the computer will be ‘king’.

Cursive writing promotes critical thinking.

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David Moore 4 years, 10 months ago

That's strange, my daughter is being taught cursive...in public school...right now. It's a tough venture, and I will agree with the critical thinking comment about it, however, what would be the use of it when 90% of your work comes from a keyboard? Welcome to the 21st century. I'm beginning to wonder if un-gluing yourself from the TV & internet and going outside for some sunshine and fresh air might do you some good.

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taxslave 4 years, 10 months ago

Pulling yourself from television is a good thing. As I walk the streets of Craig in the evening I see the blue hue coming from everyone's window. Get out and know your neighbor would be better.

As far as the "fresh" air.....I wonder as we are continually being bombarded with chemical trails.

To stop critical thinking is a motive. They, referring to the PTB (powers that be) don't want anyone questioning anything. I remember when "civics" was a mandate in school. So was Greek and Latin in the early 1900's. These also require critical thinking. Dumb 'em down.

As far as the internet, if you're reading, and not in chatrooms or porn, it is a good thing. So is a book.

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GreyStone 4 years, 10 months ago

tax slave says,

“As far as the “fresh” air…..I wonder as we are continually being bombarded with chemical trails.”

Anyone,
Please, what are chemical trails ???????

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P51 4 years, 10 months ago

taxslave is not paying attention. We covered this last week or the week before. Chemtrails are an attempt to "reunite Pangea and I don't think it will work so forget about it. Let's concentrate on the subject at hand, which is the school budget reduction. Of all the "socialist" programs that a community has, schools, are very high on the list. Schools, The police force, the sheriff's department, the clean drinking water department, the sewer system disposal department, the garbage department, the street and bridge department. And the list goes on. I would gladly pay more taxes for these services in these bad economic times and NOT feel like a"taxslave." It would take a long time to change the rules so that my philosophy could be enacted. So in the mean time, while the present Democratic administration is cleaning up the economic mess that the previous Republican administration got us into let's forget about "chemtrails" and all that dumb person crap and try to do what we can to help out Christine Villard and Mark Rydberg fix this problem.

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taxslave 4 years, 10 months ago

To GreyStone....go to youtube, search "chemtrails" and read all about it. Then step outside of your home and look up. They spray almost everyday. They heavily sprayed us today. Just take the time to look up everyday...you'll see them.

P51 - you go right ahead and forget about the chemtrails and go ahead and pay all the taxes you want. Make a donation, bank roll the schools and cops if you'd like. Keep your head in the sand. As for me, I prefer to be able to breathe for a few more years and buy food and pay for heat.

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taxslave 4 years, 10 months ago

One more thing P51, I am a disabled grandparent on a fixed income. I spend most of my day reading. I read everything. I read around the world. I read legislation. I watch our government like a hawk. I'm probably the most informed person you'll ever converse with.

The sheep are being lead by liars.

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westslopeguy 4 years, 10 months ago

"Lead" as in the lead in paint of the 1950's? Or the "lead" as in lipstick? Or the "lead" as I'm sure is in "chemtrails"?

Or are you speaking of the verb "led" as in the the past tense of the verb to lead?

Perhaps I've inhaled too many chemtrails and smoked too much lead when I was led to do so, but I'm having a difficult time following this thread.

Sometimes I have too much fun - (Note: That was ''too'' not ''to'' and not ''two'') - to keep adding... My 2cents

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GreyStone 4 years, 10 months ago

taxslave,

P51 talks about the Socialist agenda, which as a disabled Grandparent, you are benefiting greatly. This Socialist agenda might be affected by tax cuts which may become more relevant to someone like yourself after taxcuts.

As you suggested, I got on youtube to research chemical trails. What a thing. Some interesting stuff, loads of useless crap , UFOexperiences , Out of body exasperation, borne again experiences, Loch Ness Monsters and - Bigfoot sightings which I am not sure about either.

Are we be doing this to ourselves ?

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taxslave 4 years, 10 months ago

Sorry, it is spelled led...typo......I am a college grad but I failed to proof it.

GreyStone - Of course we're doing it, those are our planes. Exactly why they do it I'm still not positive. Perhaps because they blew a hole in our magnetasphere with the HAARP machine. Maybe weather modifications, What I do know for sure is that they are real and that we are paying for it with taxes.

Governments have no money except what they take from us..

I know they are up to something,

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