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Trustee Paula Reid opened the meeting repeating her plea to urge caution toward this year’s budget due to the declining price of oil. She encouraged people to look for alternative sources to pay for special requests. She referenced the Casper Area Education Foundation, a 501 c-3, as a great repository for donations toward equipment and other items to lessen the burden on the general fund.
Superintendent Hopkins stated the Wyoming State Legislative session was underway and he expected no increases in funding this year, unless there is an increase in the number of students. He did say the State House passed an External Cost Adjustment that might lead to the district receiving some money if it gets through the remainder of the legislative process. He will keep the group posted.
He outlined the process for development of the conceptual budget plan:
The committee was also briefed on the budget process. The district is now in Phase I, which is the gathering of information, working out staffing, receiving special requests, preparing non-staff allocations and working on grant budgets.
Phase II will begin in March and will include development of the Superintendent’s Conceptual Budget Plan and its review and revisions by the committee.
Phase III will begin in April and run through June and will include release of budget allocations (non-staffing) to schools and greater detailing in the budget. It is also proposed that the Compact Issues Committee will look at the compensation package and make recommendations.
Phase IV is the final phase and includes adoption and finalization of the budget at a public hearing in July. If you have questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other news, Human Resources has been working diligently to ease the process required for internal applicants to change positions. They hope the process changes will make this year’s staffing process easier.
Finally, the Board of Trustees will hold two retreats, one on March 20th and one on April 20th. The purpose of these retreats is to address items not funded in the bond election and develop a prioritization list as well as a plan to raise the necessary funds to attain the items.