Regarding the State budget

Posted by Dr. Mark Holodick & Dr. Jason Hale on 4/27/2017

Dear BSD Community, 

As you may know, the state is facing a significant budget shortfall this year.  As a result, public education is expected to take a $37 million cut in state funding.  While nothing will be finalized until the General Assembly passes the state budget on or before June 30, the preliminary recommendations and discussions equate to a $2.7 million cut to our BSD budget for the 2017-18 school year, not including potential cuts to transportation and healthcare. 

The Brandywine School District has an operating budget of $173 million.  This includes everything from payroll, transportation, and programming, to technology, books and supplies, utilities and everything in between.   With the anticipated cut in state funding, some belt tightening and tough decision making will need to occur.  Thanks to last year’s successful referendum and careful and deliberate planning by our District Finance Committee (DFC) and School Board, Brandywine is in a better position than some school districts; however, the looming state cuts will definitely have an impact.  We will work closely with the DFC and Board to make strategic decisions in anticipation of state funding cuts, including reductions to all department and school budgets, scale backs on personnel through attrition, and a close examination of all programs to ensure that they are providing maximum support for students’ academic success.  At this time, we do not anticipate any Reductions in Force (RIFs) this year.

We have been working with the District Finance Committee and Communications Work Group to communicate what we know and how it could impact BSD.  We also have begun meeting with the staff in each of our buildings to ensure they too are aware of the state’s budget challenges.  If you wish to take action, you can contact your state legislators and tell them that a strong educational system is important to you and important to our community.  If you’d like a sample email or phone script, please scroll down. 

While a $37 million hit to public education is certainly significant, BSD has a long history of responsible fiscal management.  As always, we will do everything we can to sustain programs that directly impact teaching and learning in order to best support continued student success.  We thank you for your continued support of our students, schools, and district.

Sincerely,

Mark A. Holodick, Ed.D., Superintendent

Jason S. Hale, Ed.D., CPA, Chief Financial Officer

 

SAMPLE PHONE CALL OR EMAIL TO LEGISLATORS

Hello, my name is _______________.  I am contacting you today to let you know that education funding is very important to me.  I know you have challenging decisions to make regarding the State’s budget, but I hope you will consider the value of a strong educational system.  Well-funded schools have a profound impact not only on preparing students for college and the workforce, but they also contribute to a community’s livability, quality of life, and property values.  As you and your colleagues finalize the State budget, I hope you will protect education funding to the extent you are able.  Thank you.

 

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