Our district budget has been broken down into a number of "programs" - i.e. elementary instruction, transportation, administration/BOE, etc. - in order to look at specific costs related to each program and make recommendations on areas where budget reductions can be made if necessary. Each program manager - an administrator or department supervisor - will be working with a variety of stakeholders to review their areas and then make recommendations to hit specific targets. For instance, the High School Instruction program is nearly $6,000,000 this year. The program committee will work to find areas to reduce from 5% to 10% of the total budget ($300,000 to $600,000), and at the conclusion of the process will provide district administration with a prioritized list of reductions - accompanied by impact statements related to potential effects of such action.
Bottom line - this is never fun, nor is it a pretty process. We have to lay everything on the table and decide "what if" on a final budget that is months away from being decided. We are greatly appreciative of the serious work that will be devoted to these difficult discussions in the weeks to come.
© 2015 Russell K. Miller, EdD