Friday Board Bulletin 2/24/17

Board Members:

I hope that you all have had a great week. I appreciate your hard work and commitment Monday evening. We were able to take many positive steps forward for the students of our school district with your action on Monday night. Most significant of course was your approval to move the preschool application forward. At this time it has been submitted to the state, and we feel good about the quality of our preschool plan. Further, my communication and work with the DE in regard to the SBRC is still moving full steam ahead.

Today I spent extended time with Representative Walt Rogers to discuss two bills that are in the final stages of development and are expected to move through committee next week. This discussion was very timely since next Friday marks the first funnel deadline. To remind you, for practical purposes bills that have not made it through the committee of origin in one chamber are effectively dead for the session. There are ways to resurrect some bills, but that is discussion for another time. Nevertheless, the two bills that we discussed include one that would permit the board to authorize the use of reserve fund balances through board resolution. That would effectively fix our preschool funding problem. The second bill is one that creates additional flexibility within the context of the different categorical funds. For starters, it permits the capture of some funds to be used for general program expenditures. Another nice feature of this bill will broaden the scope of allowable expenditures contained within these funds. Both of these bills would do a lot to give school boards more local control and permit us to allocate resources where they are most needed. I have a high level of confidence that they will survive the funnel next week.

The picture that I am sharing today is from our preschool informational meeting held last night. The meeting was very well attended and our community members showed a lot of interest while at that same time providing good feedback and questions for us to think about as we plan for our preschool program.

Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent