We will be reviewing the district financial information as a first step to prepare us for negotiation for the new contract. We only were able to get a 1 year agreement last year, in part because we never know what the school funding will be. At a first look at the state's budget for next year the schools will only receive additional $100. This doesn't keep up with the cost of living increase we all face- including the schools. This is why the county wide enhance millage is important to all of us.
Dr. Shibler is going through the district and meeting with staff explaining what this means for Rockford. He also is meeting with parent groups out in the community to answer any questions they may have. I have a link on the website that breaks all of this down. In short, the first year RPS could see $1.7 million dollars to the general fund. This money can be used on any of the district's needs.
Other happens with RESPA this month. We have KCEA congress today (3/8) and we meet with the administration team on Wednesday, March 14th. We have not schedule a board meeting due to all of the other meetings we have. If you do have any questions or concerns to bring up at the admin meeting, contact your Vice Presidents or myself before the 14th.