Over the last two months, the district office team, building principals, instructional administrators and program directors have been reviewing information about current programs to assess the extent to which we are meeting student needs this year. They have also been studying data to project next year’s enrollment, anticipated student needs and to consider potential changes to our programs to maximize the number and quality of learning opportunities available to our students.
Please consider lending your voice in our online survey that asks you to prioritize areas of the budget that are under consideration for 2017-18. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will remain open through Monday, February 13.
The survey is accompanied by a specific list of all the significant changes within each area. The list contains a brief description of those changes, the costs or savings associated with them, the impact those changes will have on staffing, and the impact those changes are likely to have on students. There are certainly more proposals to consider than we are likely able to afford. That is why we need your input.
If you are interested in participating in a face-to-face dialogue about the budget, we will be hosting a community conversation about the budget from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15 in the Large Group Instruction (LGI) room at Guilderland High School. We will be releasing the results from the survey at this meeting. This session will be held immediately preceding our regular board of education meeting.
Thank you for participating in our online survey. We hope to see you at our community conversation! Your voice DOES matter this budget season, and always.