I am working with the parent leaders from various
schools over the staffing cuts announced last week. I know you have
given of your time to several parents in order to explain the
situation. But it continues to be murky and honestly, this is not
good. Parents are losing faith in what they hear from senior staff. To
that end, I'm asking for clarification on some issues.
1) In Jan of 2014 you said this:
The WSS committee which includes both Central Office and school staff,
examined the WSS formula, which makes up 53% of school funding. We
looked at deciding on the best revisions to WSS if we have to make
school-based reductions ranging between $3 million, $6 million and $9
million this year.
What is the current WSS formula being used? I tried to search for it at the SPS website but cannot find it.
I note that Superintendent Nyland said at the Board meeting that hiring
and trips are to be curtailed at headquarters. Could you be more
specific about what that looks like - are trips being cancelled or just
not scheduled, does that apply to STR, the Board, the Superintendent
and senior staff? What kind of money will that save?
clearly, hiring will continue (I see there are still jobs today at the
SPS website) so what does "curtailing" hiring look like?
4) What the less-than-anticipated enrollment will actually cost (not just
the lost revenue; but the net after not providing for those students)?
What are the implementation costs to the cuts - having fewer teachers
for lunch/playground supervision, loss of instructional time, kid
anxiety over classroom switches, decreasing resources for high-need
kids. How is that all being calculated?
6) Parents understand
that because of the underenollment of about 589 students, the district
is not getting money it anticipated. What they don't understand is how
the cuts can be made (to save money) and yet the teachers/staff are
retained and placed elsewhere (which is continued spending).
I appreciate your time and hope to hear from you.
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