Superintendent Chris Gdowski presents budget cut plan for 2012-2013 school year
Superintendent Chris Gdowski presented his budget cut plan on April 9 after completing a multi-step public engagement process to help identify the staff and the community’s values and priorities as they relate to budget cuts.
District leadership considered the input of more than 4,250 district staff, parents and community members who participated in the budget survey, and about 100 people who participated in two dialogue sessions in February.
Based on the State’s latest revenue forecast of March 19, 2012, and the Joint Budget Committee finalizing its figure-setting for K-12 education, Adams 12 Five Star Schools has revised its budget cut range for the 2012-2013 school year. The district anticipates needing to cut about $12 million. This lower amount is due to more positive news in terms of state revenue growth.
While the state’s per pupil revenue (PPR) for school districts is expected to be about the same as it was last year, there are a number of other factors continuing to negatively affect the Adams 12 budget. Last year, the district saw decreased enrollment and increased costs of instructional programming, healthcare, and the state’s retirement plan. Also, over the past few years, the district has sometimes used one-time funds to balance the budget. While those funds help meet budget constraints each year, the district must continue to find a long-term solution.
To view the superintendent’s budget cut plan for 2012-2013, click here.