Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Budget Facts Web Page - Vancouver Public Schools

To help keep you apprised of the state’s budget outlook, legislative activity, and the implications for Vancouver Public Schools, we have created a Budget Facts web page on the district’s web site:


On the Budget Facts web page, you will find a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document in an indexed PDF format that addresses questions we have heard from staff, parents and community members, including these:

- What is the projected budget shortfall for Vancouver Public Schools in 2009-10?
- Will the district’s projected budget shortfall result in employee layoffs?
- Could the district use money from its ending fund balance, or financial reserve, to ease the projected budget deficit?
- Has the number of administrators employed by the district increased in recent years?
- How are salaries determined for the superintendent and other administrators?

We hope the Budget Facts web page will be helpful when you are having budget-related conversations with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. We would appreciate your help in clarifying the facts when questions surface in your daily activities at work or in the community.
If you have questions that you would like us to consider adding to the FAQs document, please send me an e-mail message with your suggestions.

The Budget Facts web page also contains district news releases, superintendent’s messages to staff, the budget planning process and timeline, and links to other web sites that provide information on this important topic. From February 1-15, an on-line survey will be posted to enable all staff and community members to provide suggestions on how to address state funding reductions and the expected shortfall in the district’s budget.

The 2009 Legislative Session promises to be long and arduous given the
$6-7 billion fiscal challenge facing our elected officials in Olympia.
We encourage you to visit the district's Budget Facts web page periodically for updates.

Thank you for your continued support of Vancouver Public Schools.

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