At every community meeting that I attend, parents ask a couple of important questions about the school district budget and the relationship of the Board of Education with the teachers union. Both questions merit answers, and I am pleased to offer my personal perspective on both.
The school board members and I saw the financial train wreck heading our way for some time, and we took strong and decisive actions under extreme and difficult pressure and conditions. Our guiding principle throughout these difficult times was and is to safeguard students, teachers and the integrity of the instructional program.
Four years ago, the Board of Education instructed the superintendent to examine every non-teaching position and its impact on teaching and learning. After careful and extensive analysis and discussion, the board reduced 50 district administrative and support staff at a savings of over $6 million annually.