With all things remaining equal for 2015-2016 the District is looking at a budget shortfall in excess of $800,000 which the Board of Education has already agreed to bridge using the District’s fund balance. (This will not include any shortfall from this year, 2014-2015.) 2016-2017 preliminary estimates would take the district to an estimated cumulative $1.57 million shortfall. Again, this is with all things remaining equal. The District has limited options under the current budget projections: a) continue to reduce; b) spend down fund balance until it is gone; or c) go to the voters by way of referendum to exceed the revenue caps
The following are in no particular order, but represent the District’s priorities for ongoing improvement. Please notice that these recommendations strongly reflect the Citizen’s Input Committee data and have remained constant through the last several months. Increase of Student Support Services (4.0 FTE) 1.An additional Guidance Counselor (1.0 FTE) 2.Math Interventionist/Instructional Coach Combinations (3.0 FTE) Rationale: Each of these positions works directly with students developing stronger/deeper/more developed learners who are flexible and able to problem solve and self-advocate. Staff members will work with students at all levels and needs. The interventionist(s) will be working with students who experience greater needs.
Technology upgrades to infrastructure - Maintain innovative practices currently in place - Network Replacement and Phones (end of life) Rationale: Much has been accomplished over the past ten years to place the School District of Tomahawk in a position of innovation, efficiency and community pride. The technology upgrades mentioned above are crucial in maintaining what we currently have without going backwards. District-wide Security Updates - More camera coverage; keyless entry; security glass, etc. Rationale: The security upgrades have been identified by the community as important and will help facilitate the indicated desire for more public access without compromising security of the facilities, our students, and staff.
Four prepared scenarios : 1.Combine 5-year Referendum with Use of Fund Balance to Sustain Only (5 years will take us to when our debt falls off) 2.Referendum Only Without Use of More Fund Balance 3.Combine 5-year Referendum with Use of Fund Balance to Make Modest Student-Centered Priority Improvements 4.Referendum only Without Use of More Fund Balance with Modest Improvements