Millard Budget Update - Meeting Dates

posted Sep 26, 2017, 8:24 AM by Jamie Wingender   [ updated Sep 26, 2017, 8:25 AM ]

By now you have heard that on September 5, 2017 the Millard Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to ask voters to override the levy limits by a maximum of up to 9 cents. The MPS Board of Education is committed to only using what is needed to maintain our high quality programs. We anticipate our expenses will go up around 3 percent next year.  

Budget Facts: Since 2010 we have eliminated more than 50 administrative and teaching positions despite growing more than 1,200 students. We are the third lowest spending school district per student in the state of Nebraska. In order to meet our budget, we have reduced administrative support, increased class sizes, and cut valuable programs. Our spending has increased an average of 1.2% annually during this time while our revenue has increased less than 1% a year during this same time period. We have tried to keep cuts as far away from the classroom as possible, but recognize that the next round of cuts will have an even more significant impact on our schools. More information about the budget is being shared at our budget meetings.  

Budget Meetings: In response to this resolution, we have been hosting budget meetings in each school building. Recently, a number of people have asked if they can attend a meeting outside of their assigned school. The answer is yes. We want the community to be informed regarding our school district budget. Below are the dates of the remaining building meetings. All of the meetings start at 6:30 PM and last about 45 minutes. Please pick one to attend so that you can be informed.  


Timeline: Ballots will be mailed October 23rd and must be returned by 5 PM on November 14.

Budget Video: Prior to attending a budget meeting (or even after attending a meeting) the following video link provides an explanation of our budget.

Link: https://vimeo.com/233075098

We remain hopeful that changes in funding would make it so that we do not need to access this levy authority. However, because we have been continuously reducing our budget over the last number of years, we are seeking your input. It is time for our community to weigh in and determine whether we continue to offer the programs we have or make the necessary adjustments.  

Regards,  

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Jim Sutfin, Ed.D.
Superintendent 
Millard Public Schools 

Twitter: @jsutfin 
www.mpsomaha.org