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Superintendent's remarks
Board meeting, May 13, 2014

We received some positive adjustments to our levy equalization allocation that has enabled us, in part, to direct more support to building administrative and counseling services.  We’ve been able to improve building-based resources that empower principals to make local decisions that best meet the needs of their students and staff and are consistent with their school improvement efforts around instructional quality. Our recommendations include an increase in the building differentiated-support allocations of $500,000 totaling $1.5M in 2014-15.

Our team has reviewed all of the other discretionary- and combination-revenue investments and believes these are necessary from an operations and program perspective to sustain Design II strategic initiatives. 

The “2014-15 Budget Development Final Recommendations” document includes adjustments from the Board’s discussion on April 22. The “Impact Statements and Estimated Costs” document highlights budget allocations necessary for district needs and Design II priorities.

We hope to begin to operationalize the budget this spring and summer. The final budget will go to the Board in August for approval. 

2014-15 Budget Planning Timeline

December 18, 2013 – Proposed Governor's Budget Released

January 13 – Legislative Session Begins

January 14 – Board Report: Governor’s Proposed Budget

March 11 – Board Work Session: Update on House and Senate Budgets

March 13– Consensus Budget Released

April 22 – Board Work Session: Preliminary Budget Recommendation

May 13 – Board Meeting: Final Budget Recommendation

August 13 – Public Hearing and Adoption of 2014-15 Final Budget by Board of Directors

Contact for More Information
Questions about the budget information may be directed to the:

Communications Office
Tom Hagley, chief of staff, 313-1236, tom.hagley@vansd.org.

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