Lawrence School Board to hear update on progress from Future Planning Committee – The Lawrence Times

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The Lawrence School Board will receive an update Monday on the district committee designed to structure recommendations for next year’s budget and building use.

Board Chair Shannon Kimball called the special meeting to hear a report on the progress of the Future Planning Committee. In August, the district hired RSP & Associates, an outside consulting firm, to produce a demographic profile and enrollment projection as well as facility and school boundary recommendations.

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As part of RSP’s $120,000 contract, the district selected a group of school staff, students and community members to serve on the Futures Planning Committee and provide feedback. during the process. An overview of what the committee worked on during its first four meetings is included in Monday’s report. Members have so far discussed the budget, teaching and learning objectives, and facility recommendations.

The committee identified three district financial priorities: “achieving competitive salaries for staff,” “allocating funds for annual cost increases,” and “increasing district cash balances,” according to the report. The first two goals have broad support among committee members, but the goal of increasing district cash balances is backed by 55 percent of the committee, according to the report. The committee’s statements of financial beliefs emphasize “increasing salaries by 5% within one to two years”.

The committee also discussed budget reduction opportunities, including options for staff reductions, program or activity reductions, and facility or usage reductions.

An investigation will be made public on Tuesday, November 8 and will remain open until Friday, November 18, with the aim of “connecting the community to inform them of the process, invite them to public comment sessions and prepare for the possible changes. “, according to the report.

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To wrap up Monday’s meeting, board members will hold a closed executive session during which they will discuss personnel matters, with possible next steps.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 7 at the District Offices, 110 McDonald Drive. Meetings are open to the public, streamed live on the district’s YouTube channel, and streamed on the Midco 26 channel. Full meeting agendas are available at this link.

To provide public comment virtually during the board meeting, email [email protected] by 6:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting to register to participate via videoconference/Webex teleconference.

The school council generally meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

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