Barring an agreement between President Obama and Congress by Friday, March 1, it appears that the federal cuts known as sequestration may become a reality. Without action, funding for numerous programs, including some federal education programs, would be cut.
The immediate effect of sequestration will be limited, but if it continues (absent Congressional resolution of budget issues), the negative effect of withheld payments and reduced funding for government military and some social programs (unemployment, etc.) are predicted to have an adverse effect on the economy.
I think we all agree that in this time of increased expectations for our schools, any cuts to education pose significant challenges. The impact to our local school district could include an anticipated cut of 5.0 - 5.5 percent of federal funds that support Title 1 and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) part B.
Should sequestration become a reality, we will share specific information as soon as it becomes available. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
In the near future, the EV-W School District will begin to assemble a steering committee to coordinate the Strategic Planning process that will lead our educational system into the future. Strategic Planning is an organization’s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy. In other words, it will become an educational road map directing our district down possible avenues through which we pursue our goals and objectives.
In many organizations, this is typically viewed as a process for determining where an organization is going over the next
5 to 7 years, although some extend their vision to 20 years.
The key components of an effective strategic plan include an understanding of the district’s vision, mission, core beliefs and values. I encourage you to take part in this process and provide us with feedback as we will soon begin our strategic planning process.
Eden Valley-Watkins Elementary Spring Music Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday,
March 11. Grades 1-2-3 will be performing the concert in the high school gymnasium. The fifth- and sixth-grade choirs will also be
Senior of the Week:
The EV-W School District would like to recognize Baylee Lahr, daughter of Brent and Vicki. Baylee excels academically and is currently taking three college classes and one honors class. She has been recognized as a CMC All-Conference volleyball player, and also pitched for the State-qualifying softball team. In addition, her leadership roles and experiences include Big Brothers/Big Sisters, NHS, and the Spanish club. The EV-W administration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations!
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The legislative session continues to move slower than normal while legislators continue to review the governor’s budget recommendations and get more familiar with the issues that will come before their committees this session. For the most part, legislators are waiting for an updated forecast to come out early March and for legislative leadership to establish committee budget targets shortly after that. Then, the real work of putting a budget together begins.
The governor’s bill has several major areas of concern.
• The 1-percent increase to the basic formula in 2013-14 will not cover rising costs. At a minimum, schools need inflationary increases to maintain class sizes, program offerings and other valuable educational opportunities.
• In 2014-15, the governor invests $122 million to reduce the special education unfunded costs which frees up general education dollars that are used to cover the mandated services. The dollars are distributed in such a way that some districts will get an increase of 1 percent while other districts will see increases over 4 percent. Without any additional revenue on the basic formula, districts with the lower increases will struggle to maintain programming for their students.
Last weekend, my husband headed out on errands with a number of important items on his list. Toilet paper was one of them. There's a household product you don't want to run short on.
He returned home from the store, toilet paper in hand. There was only one problem. He got double quilted double rolls. I always buy mega soft triple rolls.