The Bellevue City blog had this post about their budget woes and how they are figuring it all out:
In an unusual but likely to be appreciated move, leaders are seeking direct input on how to reduce the school district budget from all stakeholders, including parents, using two methods: community information sessions and a budget priorities survey.
There are two scheduled community information sessions on the 2010-11 budget remaining:
March 18 (today!), Sammamish High School Cafeteria, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
March 24, Interlake High School PAC, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
At these meetings, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the context and background of the reductions/increases needed, as well as where Bellevue fits among area school districts in its spending priorities, before you complete your survey.
Give you background and context? And, they provide a PDF document that explains terms and issues so when you are taking the survey you don't say, "I wonder what that is? What are those administrators thinking? That maybe we're all in this together and parents might have priorities that could surprise (and help) administrators and that parents and communities might have some ideas that the district didn't think of?
Direct Input from all stakeholders. Well, I guess a girl can dream.
I haven't finished watching the Board meeting. They just need to change the format on these "reports" to the Board from various departments. Last night's was math and this was surely a time that it could have been done at a Work Session. Most people attend the Board meeting for the Action or Intro items and it just is so tedious (mostly) to have to wait for them to come.