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Executive Session
Trustees met in a closed executive session to discuss routine as well as other personnel matters, and to consult with the Board’s attorney. Trustees voted 7-0 to approve routine personnel items. No other public action was taken.

Visioning for the Future Committee’s Draft Portrait of a T-2-4 Ready Graduate

Visioning Committee co-chair Ed Valicek provided an overview of the core characteristics of a T-2-4 ready graduate draft as well as the modifications that were made based on community feedback sessions. Discussions involved wordsmithing/proposed adjustments and rationales; as well as how to present the core characteristics to parents and students in ways that they will best understand them. 

The Visioning Committee will meet on February 10 to make any further adjustments and will bring the final recommended version to the board for approval at their regular board meeting on February 22. Trustees thanked the hard work of the committee to draft and create robust profiles. 

Enrollment Projections for the 2021-2022 School Year

Trustees heard enrollment projections for the coming school year. Director of Research and Evaluation Mike Thomas reviewed the process of developing these projections. He noted that the projected number for 2021-22 is lower than current enrollment, however, projections are in line with what’s going on in the state and around the country as a result of COVID-19.

2021-2022 Campus Staffing Definitions and Guidelines

Trustees heard staffing projections from Associate Superintendent for Administration and Talent Karen Heeth. It was noted that staffing is taking place with COVID-19 in mind, with a goal to have enough staff but not over hire. There was also a discussion on COVID-specific roles and their associated costs. 

Discussion of FY 2022 Budget

Associate Superintendent for Finance Christine Porter brought forth the FY 2022 Budget document, its assumptions and contents. The adjusted budget for the 2021 school year shows a difference of eight million dollars in federal funds, which were taken last year from the state allocation and given back this year through the allocation of federal stimulus dollars. Currently, we are waiting on a decision as to whether districts will continue to be held harmless by the state for the rest of this school year.

Enrollment is playing a large factor in staffing decisions for next year. Departments will begin presenting budgets in late February and the district budget will be refined more as a clearer picture around staffing and other budgeting needs becomes available.

Porter also discussed lower student enrollment and its effect on recapture. Next school year will bring a nine million dollar increase in recapture, representing 17.6% of tax collections. In 2023, we will receive over  21% of tax collections; with lower enrollment projections, more money could have to be returned to the state.