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From the Superintendent: Board to Review Budget Recommendations

Although Parkway continues to be in strong financial shape, declining revenues and a forecast for minimal future growth call for the district to take proactive steps to reduce expenditures by 3 to 5 percent over the next two years. On January 11, recommendations for accomplishing those reductions as outlined below will be presented to the Board of Education for review and discussion. The board is expected to vote on the proposal in February.

A district-wide committee met in October and November to identify areas for potential reduction. All aspects of the district were considered and more than 100 potential strategies were initially developed during brainstorming sessions. After several weeks of discussion, the strategies were reduced to fewer than 30 and separated into seven categories.

The budget proposal is based on guiding principles to preserve the district's core priorities as defined in our strategic plan.

Category Annual Savings Range
District administrators & departmental support staff
  • Reduce approximately 20 positions over 2 years
  • Primarily through attrition
$1.0M – $1.25M
Operating budgets
  • Reduce program and school budgets by 10%
$700K – $830K
Greater efficiencies
  • Centralize student registration process
  • Eliminate part-time lunch/recess personnel
  • Reduce overtime and per diem days
  • Reduce utility costs
  • Electronic report cards
  • Other areas
$1.4M – $1.75M
Personnel supporting teachers and students
  • Implement “Instructional Coaching” model
  • Restructure elementary CRS allocation model
  • Restructure math/reading intervention allocations
  • Primarily through attrition
$1.8M – $2.5M
Teaching assistants (TAs) & school secretarial staffing models
  • Restructure staffing models for efficiency
$1.0M – $1.2M
School instructional staffing models
  • Restructure delivery of PACE/Reach services
  • Elementary – remove hard caps for more flexible staffing
  • Middle/high – reduce 1 position per school
$1.4M – $1.9M
New revenues
  • Increase summer school fees
  • Increase fees for building usage (use of premise)
$150K – $200K
TOTAL SAVINGS IMPLEMENTED OVER 2 YEARS $7.45M – $9.63M

Contents of materials to be presented at the board meeting will be posted on the Board of Education website no later than January 9 and a news story will be posted on the Parkway website following the meeting. You can also watch the board meeting live via video streaming