BOARD TO ASK COMMUNITY FOR HELP TO ENSURE FISCAL STABILITY
DATE POSTED: December
14, 2017normal'>Graham is a wonderful, tightknit community. We try hard to reflect
our community in everything we do. Our district suffered a setback in 2010-12.
While we worked hard to stabilize a budget, it took massive cuts and staff
reductions, and the district has been forced to operate with one of the lowest
per pupil expenditures in the 7 county area. Some of these cost measures have
made it harder for our staff and students to compete. Our operational expenses
and inflation only raise our sense of urgency.
normal'> normal'>We enacted a plan, sought community participation, and mounted a
campaign to address these issues. We failed at the polls with low voter turnout
and a message that was not received by our community. Now, we cannot maintain
our programming and services with this budget. There are several actions we
will be faced with that can save money, but they come at a cost. Our budget
will not allow us to operate the way we have any longer without additional
normal'> normal'>We have done our part to operate frugally, as did other administrators
and boards. The work did not go away when those positions were cut in 2012.
Instead, we now have fewer teachers and staff left who are doing more work. At
the same time, our operating funds have not kept pace with inflation, and state
funding has decreased. We cannot continue in this capacity and expect our
student achievement to increase, or even stay the same. The fact is, it’s been
normal'> normal'>Our work in arriving at next steps is strategic. The Board has
unanimously decided to proceed with a May ballot issue. The need did not go
away. It is here now. It’s important that we rally now.
normal'> normal'>You can be assured that we will continue to operate in a frugal
and lean manner. We are only pursuing this path because we have spent
years exhausting all others. We have spent time over the past year meeting with
small groups of concerned citizens to garner their input and feedback regarding
the resulting 1%, 5 year term, earned income tax issue.
normal'> normal'>As we move forward together, we will work to inform you as to what’s
next with plans for the May 8, 2018 ballot. I will continue to keep you posted,
and we value your opinions.
This will be our top priority as we move forward. We will continue to
promote our goals and respond to our community’s charge to realize the vision
of Success Today, Prepared for Tomorrow.