Featured image of article: ConVal’s Budget-Building Process

During the next eight weeks, there’s going to be a lot of activity as the various school boards in the area complete the process associated with getting voter approval for the 2020-21 school year budgets.

The ConVal School District Administration began the process to develop our next budget last summer. The proposed budget was approved by the School Board on January 7th.

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Featured image of article: Update From The Education Committee

In keeping with the multiple action steps outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan, the Education Committee has been actively involved in guiding and monitoring the curriculum renewal cycle, program development, instructional practices, and professional development which provide our students with high-quality programs of instruction which promote their individual academic achievement and success and our staff with the professional development needed to enhance their teaching skills.

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Featured image of article: ConVal 2020-2021 Budget Presented At Board Hearing

At the January 7th ConVal School Board budget hearing, Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Rizzo Saunders presented the proposed budget for the 2020-2021 school year. The administration and the School Board have been working on the budget for the last several months and have been discussing, refining, and revising it to reach this final proposed version.

The ConVal School District budget is based on a set of assumptions for the next fiscal year which fall into one of three main categories:

Procedural assumptions are those that continue to support the mission,

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Featured image of article: State and Federal Mandates Affect Local Education Budget

As the SAU 1 administrative team and the ConVal School Board prepare to make important school budget decisions to be voted on at the district meeting this March, a familiar struggle is taking shape. The financial demands placed on local schools to maintain high-quality education plays out as taxpayers worry about affordability.

Why are we facing increasing tax rates to fund our schools at the local level?

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Featured image of article: ConVal School District Budget Planning 2020-2021

On Saturday, November 2nd, the ConVal School Board met with SAU administrators and school principals at the SAU office for a day-long budget development workshop.

Budgets established by the eight elementary schools, two middle schools, and the high school were examined, as were the district’s administrative expenses and program offerings.

This first round in the district-wide budget development process began with three sets of assumptions for the 2020-2021 fiscal year — procedural,

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