During the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 school years, administration heard, overwhelmingly, from our schools that bringing back positions that were cut in previous years or adding positions to alleviate others’ workloads was a top priority for employees in our schools. Not only did administration listen, but we acted upon the concerns of our staff and the board approved our recommendation. We have added over $1.3 million in new and returning positions for the 2014/2015 school year. Funding these added positions in 2014/2015, required us to utilize revenue which may have been spent on other items in 2013/2014. It would be fortunate if we had an unlimited amount of money to fund everything we believe to be important, but in reality, that is not the case.
A question came up recently asking, “Why didn’t the Board approve money for rewards this year?” Rewards are important, but the priority this year was positions.
One way to increase our revenue is by increasing our funding sources. The board was very proactive this year to set a finance goal for 2014/2015 of bringing in additional revenue of at least $3 million for the 2015/2106 school year. This new funding will be needed not only to maintain the status quo, but also to avoid cuts in expenses and/or short-term borrowing in order to meet our cash flow needs for 2015/2016. It will take all of us working together creating a culture of excellence and customer service in order for us to reach our goal.