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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Got any money-saving ideas?

District administrators are working intensely these days, trying to put together the 2009-2010 budget, which is faced with a $1.9 million shortfall. Board members have been brainstorming ideas for cutting costs, too. I'd like to ask parents and other community members for ideas. Especially parents -- you're in the schools, you see what goes on in classrooms and other school spaces. Got any ideas for saving money? Of course, the budget gap is so large that sometimes the small ideas for savings can seem like mere drops in the bucket. But...those drops can add up, right?

So if you have any ideas, large or small, please post them there as comments, or email me directly at lauriegood@mac.com. I promise to bring any ideas to the administrators for consideration.


Anonymous said...


Do we really need lead teachers at the elementary schools? I admit I'm not quite clear on their full roles, but it seems they're basically on-sight curriculum experts. Many were strong classroom teachers, and I would think we'd be better off utilizing their skills in the classrooms. It seems an unnecessary layer of "middle management" that costs the district hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Laurie said...

Thanks, I've passed along your comments. In addition to posting here, comments, suggestions, ideas or questions on the budget can also be sent to this email address at the Ed Center: