2015-16 Budget & Leadership Transition: Update #4
May 18, 2015
This communication is a continuation of our updates to keep staff and parents informed about the 2015-16 budget planning process and upcoming leadership transitions. This communication will focus on the process of hiring the next SIS principal given that communication regarding the superintendent search is now being updated separately.
We continue to monitor developments at the state level regarding education funding for the next two years. We are currently hearing that effort is being made to restore the $150 per student cut that was proposed in the Governor’s budget. If this occurs, it will benefit all children in the state, and it will allow us to consider some additions to our budget that we feel will benefit the children of Shorewood.
We are currently preparing to present our “Proposed Preliminary Budget” to the School Board on June 9, 2015. At this meeting, we will update the Board on developments in state funding and present our recommendations for the 2015-16 budget. Any changes we are recommending--and some we are still considering--for the final budget will be accompanied by what we call a Fiscal Impact Statement. These statements will provide the Board and community with more programmatic and fiscal details about what we are proposing to reduce or add to our budget.
On June 9, the Board will consider the administration’s proposed preliminary budget and discuss any recommend changes. At this meeting, we will also be asking the Board to approve the proposed preliminary budget or approve a continuing resolution if we need to further revise the budget recommendations. Approval of a continuing resolution provides the administration with spending authority in the absence of an approved budget. The District’s fiscal year ends on June 30.
Please keep in mind that action to approve the proposed preliminary budget on June 9 is not the end of the budget planning process. The final version of the budget will change based on actual enrollment in September. The final budget is approved at the annual meeting that will take place on August 25, 2015.
SIS Principal Selection Process
The SIS interview panel reviewed 21 paper applications from individuals with administrative and leadership experience in middle schools, and narrowed the pool down to six individuals. These six candidates were recently asked to respond to written questions, and the interview panel members are currently reviewing these responses.
Our six candidates will visit Shorewood next week to participate in face-to-face interviews. The interview panel will then narrow the pool down to three finalists. The finalists will each spend a day in Shorewood visiting SIS, meeting with teachers, parents, and students, engaging with district leadership, and speaking with parents and community members in the evening. Our finalists will come to Shorewood on either May 26, 27, or 28. Staff, parents, and community members will have an opportunity to provide feedback on each of our finalists to the interview panel during these days.
Monday May, 18, 2015
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