|Watch Monday evening’s school board discussion [Video | Download] of the upcoming larger than usual reductions in revenue cap limited increases in the District’s 2007 – 2008 budget (they are larger than normal due to the recently disclosed 7 year structural budget deficit). The 2006 / 2007 budget is $333M+ (it was $245M in 98/99 while enrollment has remained flat, though the student composition continues to change).|
- 2007 / 2008 Budget Outlook: Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
- Susan Troller’s Summary of Monday Night’s meeting:
The report outlined 10 areas, now called “discussion topics,” where the administration and board will look to trim or slash programs, personnel or services in an effort over the coming months to balance the district’s 2007-2008 budget.
“We cannot call these recommendations, but they are areas we will need to look for cuts. This will be a very difficult budget,” he added.
The suggested topics for discussion include cutting athletics and extracurricular activities, consolidating schools, increasing ratios of students to teachers, reducing custodial staff and maintenance, reducing administrative staffing, reducing various services from technology to transportation, and reducing supplemental staff like school social workers, nurses and psychologists.
- Arlene Silveira mentioned the possibility of a Spring, 2007 referendum. She asked what the timeline might be. Roger Price said the deadline is February 1, 2007 (about 32 minutes into the video). I’ve received a few emails regarding the timing of the public disclosure (11/18/2006) of the District’s structural deficit vis a vis the successful far west side new school November referendum. An April referendum would indeed be a bold move.
- WIBA’s Vicki McKenna and Active Citizens for Education’s Don Severson discuss WISTAX’s 2006 School Facts [1.4 PDF] in light of the upcoming budget discussions. [10.5MB mp3 audio]. The School Facts report compares student population (a significant factor in a school district’s ability to raise taxes/grow revenues) spending, achievement, staffing and the tax base of Madison, Appleton, Green Bay, Janesville, Kenosha, Middleton – Cross Plains, Milwaukee, Racine, Sun Prairie and Verona. The Madison School District spends about 23% more per student than the state average.
- Barb Schrank noted in November, 2005 that from 2000 to 2004, the Madison School District lost 174 students while the surrounding Districts gained 1,462. Revenue value of 1,462 students is $13.16 million per year.
- Memo to the School Board outlining spending growth reduction discussion areas.
- Presentation of a “balanced” 2007 / 2008 budget will be the first week of April, 2007 (3 school board seats are up for election that same week, April 3, 2007).