Hear the Superintendent Speak to His Budget
You will never hear these facts anywhere but here: Timberlane’s student enrollment has declined by 24% in ten years (1100 students), but our staffing has decreased by just 3%. Timberlane’s cost to its towns has gone up 36% in those 10 years.
Sensing that something is out of kilter, Timberlane’s school board directed Superintendent Metzler to give them a budget 2.7% less than the current operating budget. The superintendent had previously proposed a 4.6% increase over the current operating budget. (Timberlane’s budget is $71.8 million for 3556 students.)
It has long been my conviction that management practices that result in good fiscal discipline also result in good educational outcomes.
A clip from the last school board meeting on Nov 30, 2017 shows the superintendent expressing “great concern” over his reluctantly proposed budget cuts. The discussion should not be missed.