Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Official District Announcement

Here is the announcement sent out by the District regarding Tuesday's Budget Meeting:

CCSD 2011-2012 Budget Proposal - 2-15-2011- HGHS AUDITORIUM
The Chappaqua Board of Education will meet on February 15 to focus on the 2011-2012 Superintendent’s Budget Proposal, with particular attention to school programs and staffing. To encourage public participation, the meeting will be held in the Horace Greeley High School Auditorium, starting at 8:15pm. Subsequent meetings in March and April will delve further into budget details, leading to the Board’s responsibility to formally adopt a budget proposal on April 12, which in turn is subject to voter referendum on May 17, 2011.

Already thus far in the budget-building season, the Board and administration have confirmed that significant reductions from the level of a “straight-line” budget will be necessary, and proposed support staff reductions have been announced. A reopening of the current Chappaqua teachers’ contract, which will save the District over $1MM in 2011-2012, has also been publicly announced. Even so, further announcements of proposed reductions in teaching positions are expected on February 15.

The Board’s strategic question guides this whole process: How can the District ensure continuing excellence in academic and extracurricular programs while developing a budget that is fiscally responsible?

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