December 12, 2019

Sixth grade science students presented the Board with a recap of their engineering unit in which they employed Next Generation Science Standards to create and test model cars under the guidance of teachers Alison Griffin and Ron Pembleton. The students described their process and answered Board members’ questions in small groups and demonstrated the performance top producing cars on a slantboard.

The first written version of a draft strategic plan was presented. Several members of the group who met in October to brainstorm and prioritize goals for the next three to five years were in attendance. They asked questions and offered suggestions to the writing team that will bring a next draft to the Board at its January meeting. It was mentioned that this document is important for the process of selecting the District’s next Superintendent.

The first interim budget report was presented by District Business Official Kirsten Starsiak. The district was able to certify to the county that we can meet our financial obligations for the next three years only after reducing $1 million in expenditures in next year’s projected budget.

The board will be soliciting feedback for how to significantly decrease expenditures in time to produce a balanced 2020-21 budget.

To that end, there is a meeting on Monday, December 16 in the district office from 7:00-8:00 p.m. to present this information to any interested parties. Volunteers will be solicited to participate in Finance Committee meetings through the month of January that will result in a menu of recommended cuts for the Board’s consideration at its February meeting.

Liz Schott