BVSD leadership is presently working with the Board of Education on a budget for the 2017-18 school year. Budget development in BVSD involves multiple decision points throughout the process. Funds made available through the operational mill levy approved by voters in November 2016, will provide relief in our continuing effort to maintain quality services and address the needs of students. BVSD is very fortunate to have the ongoing support of voters in our community.
The 2016-17 budget adopted in June had $6M of programs, services and expenditures that were funded by one-time resources necessitating reductions to programs and services next year if additional resources were not made available. Revenue from the operational levy have provided those resources and will allow BVSD to maintain current programs/services and provide some additional resource allocations such as school staffing, transportation funding and textbooks.
The main goals we seek to achieve with additional revenues provided by the operational mill levy are to:
- Maintain present level of educational services,
- Invest in preventative maintenance for buildings and equipment,
- Replace out-of-date textbooks and learning materials,
- Fund compensation and benefits for all employees,
- Provide training for staff, and
- Employ educators to meet student needs.
The Boulder Valley Board of Education is discussing other budget priorities in a series of special work sessions over the next few months.
Community input is welcome during Public Participation at the beginning of regular board meetings. Interested parties are also welcome to attend board work sessions to listen to the discussions. We strive to have budget priorities established by spring break when staffing allocations will be made to schools and staffing plans are developed for 2017-18.