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Parkway Board Considers Reducing Class Sizes Next Fall - Other Recommendations also being considered for 2007-08 Budget

At its December 13 meeting, the Parkway Board of Education conducted a work session to discuss recommendations for the 2007-08 budget. It is expected that funding from Proposition R will stabilize Parkway's financial position and help lower class sizes, improve academic achievement and update textbooks, technology and classroom equipment. Overall, revenues are expected to increase by 10 percent to $203.56 million while expenses are expected to increase by 6.4 percent to $197.42 million. "Parkway is in a much better financial position than we have been in recent years thanks to our communitys support of Proposition R," stated superintendent Bob Malito. "We now have the immense responsibility to Parkway voters to continue to operate as efficiently as we can and to use funds wisely in accordance with what was promised in Proposition R." For the 2007-08 school year, the Parkway Board of Education is considering a proposal to decrease elementary class sizes by at least two students and reduce the student to teacher ratio at the secondary schools by .25, making the middle school student to teacher ratio 15.46 to 1 and the high school ratio 17.33 to 1.
GradeState DesirableState MaxParkway DesirableParkway Max
K202518(20)*21 (23)*
220 2520(22)23(25)
* Numbers in parenthesis ( ) indicate current Parkway class sizes. Other preliminary budget recommendations for the 2007-08 school year include: - Allocate $3.7 million to replace outdated textbooks and classroom equipment - Maintain specialist positions at each school, such as computer resource specialists, counselors, librarians, nurses, gifted, etc. - Reinstate the 10-year replacement cycle for school buses - Continue to adjust support staff and administrative staff as enrollment changes - Remove freeze on building budgets Additional recommendations will be developed in the coming weeks based upon the final budget assumptions, which will be approved by the board on January 10, 2007. These items will be presented along with the preliminary budget at the April 11, 2007 meeting. Here's the timeline for Parkway's budget development schedule: Date: December 13, 2006 Location: South Middle Topic: Budget Workshop#1: Budget Assumptions Presented Date: January 10, 2007 Location: Central Middle Topic: Approval of Budget Assumptions Date: April 11, 2007 Location: Central Middle Topic: Budget Workshop#2: Preliminary Budget Presented Date: June 20, 2007 Location: Central Middle Topic: Formal Adoption of the 2007-08 Budget