School District #83 DPAC Has Some Blunt Suggestions for Trustees about the Upcoming District Budget Considerations

Graphic below from their FB page here.

The DPAC’s rationale and proposals  :

School District #83’s latest Budget Update (April 14 2015) including overview, proposed cuts for consideration along with rationale is here.

Kudos to trustees and central staff for presenting potential budget changes (cuts) in a line by line format that permits more informed feedback. While this is a painful process, all parties are better off in the long run when data and implications are as clear and transparent as possible.

Updated: See the Observer article DPAC wants top-down cuts (Hughes: April 29 2015) for more coverage of the DPAC proposal and board responses).

Members of the District Parents Advisory Council have come up with their own ideas for making the $1.8 million cuts needed to balance School District #83’s budget – and they are wielding sharp pencils and not shying away from controversial topics.

“Parents have had enough,” says Kari Wilkinson, who became president of the District Parents Advisory Council (DPAC) earlier this month.

Upset about the school district’s proposed budget cuts, the DPAC decided to present its own version to school district trustees and administration at a meeting last week.

Author: Tim Lavery

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2 thoughts on “School District #83 DPAC Has Some Blunt Suggestions for Trustees about the Upcoming District Budget Considerations”

  1. Very well written! Thank you all for your dedication to our students and developing some difficult talking points. The two main points that seem to be the most contentious in the schools are the amount of central staff working in our district of about 3000 less students and the vehicle issue. Is it possible to formulate some concrete data on the employee ratio of the past to current numbers. Similarly, is it possible to get a list of all employees who are issued a personal vehicle,the costs associated, and any stipulations attached such as mileage, weekend use, ect? Once again, thank you!

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