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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

January 6, 2020
The EWSD Board would like to welcome you to the most wonderful time of the year: budget season! Each year at this time, the Board and administration begin the process of building the budget for the next calendar year.

 

The budget focus for FY21 is educational equity and student achievement. Educational Equity means that “every student has access to the educational resources and rigor they need at the right moment in their education across race, gender, language, disability, sexual orientation, family background and/or family income” (Vermont Multi-Tiered System of Supports Field Guide - MTSS 2019 Field Guide).

 

We currently have a gap in student achievement, as our students who are white and economically secure perform better in school and on state assessments than our students who live in poverty, students with disabilities, and students of color. We owe it to all of our students to close this gap and make student achievement mean success for ALL students.

 

The Board kicked off the season with a night of Pie and Pie Charts to explain what ingredients go into creating a budget. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed dessert with us! 

 

The first budget session took place on December 10 and focused on values and outcomes as they align with our vision and Multi-Year Instructional Strategic Plan. Over the next few months, the Board will host a series of opportunities for the community to become more informed about the budget.

 

01-07-20 * Budget priorities and guidance refinement and/or adjustment

 

01-14-20 + OPERATIONAL EXPENSES

  • Property Services, Technology, Transportation, Safety & Security, Child Nutrition, and Business Functions

 

01-21-20 * INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN - FY21 Instructional Focus

 

01-28-20 + INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN - FY21 Instructional Focus

 

02-04-20 * CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY, ESSEX

 

02-11-20 + INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN - FY21 Instructional Focus

 

02-18-20 * Proposed budgets overviews, anticipated tax impact, projected tuition, known variables, cost drivers, variance reporting, etc.

 

* Board Meetings   + Budget Work Session

 

We want to do all we can to get you informed, engaged, and to the polls! Please join us at our meetings as we discuss and deliberate. If you can’t make the meetings, you can read the minutes online at www.EWSD.org.

 

You can also attend any of the budget sessions and regularly scheduled board meetings. These take place in the EHS library beginning at 6:30 p.m. Or, watch board meetings on the Regional Education Television Network at RETN.org

 

We want to hear from you! If you have any questions, comments or ideas about how to make our great schools even better, you can always reach out to the Board Chair, Martha Heath, at Martha.Heath@board.ewsd.org.

 

-The EWSD School Board