Budget changes will be coming! According to the presentation on Board Docs, scheduled for Thursday, district Cabinet staff has recommendations for reductions:
- Phase 1A $4,508,410 & Phase 1B $7,987,008 Total $12,495,418
- Phase 2 $4,554,204
- Phase 3 $1,815,030
- Phase 4 $1,534,299
TOTAL REDUCTIONS $20,398,951
**2017/18 BUDGET CABINET REDUCTION RECOMMENDATIONS Detail for the phased reduction and fee changes is provided on the Cabinet General Fund Recommended Reductions spreadsheet.
We asked for a copy of this spreadsheet as mentioned. According to District CFO, this document is a working document and will not be made public until Friday after the Board meeting is over.
(Original document removed by district – new link is provided here – http://www.boarddocs.com/co/jeffco/Board.nsf/files/AHVTJ8778E52/$file/Presentation%202017-18%20Budget%20Update%20BOE%2001-26-17%20rev.pdf)
This is so very important. Every cut means a reduction to each child’s education. You must pay attention and participate. 86,000 children need you now, more than ever before!
Sadly, some anonymous and anti-public education websites have already put out inaccurate information using screenshots from this presentation without clarifying statements. One notes that enrollment in the district dropped over 600 students, which is not true, this is based on an October funding count. The district enrollment has been stable, changing approximately 200 students per year for many years. It goes up slightly and goes down slightly as populations and neighborhoods change. For a district of more than 86,000 students, this is a stable enrollment.
Another silly posting notes the $20 million in reductions while the district has $125 million in savings and shows a screenshot of the reserve fund slide with no clarification. Ludicrous! TABOR requires reserve fundings, they are not simply “savings” and it is a lie (#alternativefact) to state otherwise.
Our district financial services team has a history of wisely planning reserves and has been praised for their work by auditors as that rainy day fund helped the district avoid more severe financial hardships during the economic recession that started in 2009. Without that solid and thoughtful financial plan, the cuts to our students would have been much more severe over the past few years.
If you’ve been paying attention, you have seen the previous post we made from Great Ed –
School funding won’t even keep pace with inflation this year. In fact, as reported by Chalkbeat Colorado, the chair of the powerful Joint Budget Committee just warned that schools’ buying power will fall even farther behind where it was before the Great Recession:
“[Rep Bob] Rankin projected that the negative factor — in effect, a funding shortfall — will grow from roughly $831 million to more than $1 billion. That’s more than three times the $46 million increase in Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s November budget proposal.”
As a supporter of public schools, you know what that means:
- students losing out on basic educational opportunities,
- schools unable to attract and retain qualified teachers, and
- growing inequities across school districts.
Help share the correct information and pay attention!