March 9, 2011
We live in challenging times. Our community, state and country are enduring significant economic struggles. Our School District, as part of our community, understands clearly these challenges.
Governor Walker has proposed a budget that has a significant impact on education. The Sheboygan Area School District is facing a $13.6 million deficit for 2011-2012.
We continue our commitment to providing quality programming and services to our students while being fiscally responsible to our taxpayers. We have demonstrated that responsibility by reducing our budget by more than $13 million over the past 2 years.
We are also committed to ongoing communication with our parents, community members and staff. We have a strong tradition of communicating with and involving our community. In times like these, we rely even more on two-way dialog. Madison may change some of the structures within which we operate. They will not change our Sheboygan attitude of working together for the betterment of our students and community.
Here are several supporting documents you may wish to review:
These combined cuts (the last two years and the 2011-12 year) of over $26 million have and will impact programs and class size. We will have to make more tough decisions that will change or eliminate some of the opportunities we presently offer to our students and families. All programming will be reviewed for reductions. As you see in the timeline, we will be working with our employee groups to develop a balanced preliminary budget which we will present to the Board of Education on April 26. After that Board meeting, we will hold a number of informational/input sessions for parents and community members.
Regardless of the budget reductions and the impact of the Budget Repair Bill, you as residents of the Sheboygan Area School District need to know that we are committed to continually serving our students and families at the highest possible levels. Our dedication to you is unwavering. Also, our commitment to working collaboratively with our staff is unshaken. These budget cuts present a considerable challenge, and we will accept this challenge as a community. We will continue to prepare our students for a successful future. As your Superintendent, I can look directly at any child, parent, staff member or community member and confidently say “we remain focused on education and our first priority is providing a quality education to all our students.”
Thank you for your support.