1. Opening Exercises
Chairman Kneessy called the meeting to order at 10:02 a.m.
Chairman Kneessy explained the purpose of the Workshop.
4. Draft of Possible Additions List
Attachment: Proposed List of Items to Fund in 2015-16.pdf
Dr. Binggeli shared with the Board a proposed prioritized list of items to fund in 2015-16. He explained the process by which the items were developed. Following the initial rough draft, principals were asked to review and provide input. Using the same lists, feedback was garnered from both employee and teacher groups.
There was Board discussion about the manner we would be keeping up with technology growth; employee compensation including benefits, teacher planning, and exceptional student education and the way it impacts all of our teachers (ways to better serve ESE children, but reduce some of the burden on teachers). There was also a question as to why we were not taking more advantage of the FIT Scott Center.
Regarding adding and recovering positions, it was determined that there should be a link to the staffing plan which included explanations of why those positions were needed or should be reinstated. Also, the Board wished for the staffing plan to be reviewed and reevaluated, using various weighting factors instead of just the size of the school.
Additionally there were some questions from the Board asking what considerations had been made regarding paying down debt.
5. Closing Remarks
After the budget portion of the workshop, the Board discussed opting out of testing, and how this information would be communicated to schools and to parents.