During the workshop, the district’s Chief Financial Officer Connie Knoche provided an overview of the Budget Advisory Committee process. Superintendent Mark Evans, Chief Academic Officer Melissa Comine, Executive Director Lisa Utterback and Human Resources Chief Charles Wakefield shared with the board potential impacts to the operation of the district associated with the recommended cuts.
Current budget cut recommendations impact staffing to central office by
cutting 18 percent of the district’s central office
. Impacted certificated employees were informed their positions could be eliminated prior to the statutorily required April 15 deadline. Classified employees included in the cuts were also informed of the potential impact to their roles. Human Resources is working to place some of those impacted employees into other vacant roles around the district.
Following presentations, Board members ranked line items presented during the workshop. Board President Marque Snow extended the opportunity for Board members to share their individual recommendation for cuts and provide their input regarding areas where they would like to see the district conduct additional study.
Next Steps in the Budget Cutting Process
The Board has not yet taken action on budget cuts for the 2018-2019 school year. The Board of Education will continue reviewing recommendations at its
May 31 Budget Workshop
. The board anticipates taking action sometime in June.
During the final Budget Advisory Committee meeting held May 3, the committee discussed the potential need to remain an active body into the 2018-2019 school year. The committee also discussed the need to continue studying and assessing areas where additional efficiencies can be made next year, and possibly into the 2019-2020 school year.
Areas proposed by the committee for additional study include:
- Pension plan path forward
- Summer school
For additional information regarding budget cuts, please see the following resources:
If you would like to provide feedback regarding budget cuts, please complete a
. Input from the feedback forms will be shared with the OPS Board of Education.