School Board Update: 4/9/19 Meeting

Iowa City Community School District Board Meeting Summary

Discussion: 2019-20 Budget Reductions

Superintendent Murley reviewed an updated draft of the proposed budget savings by category including:

  • District Administrator Staff Reduction/Restructure
  • Early Retirement Program Savings
  • Resignation Savings
  • Weighted Resource Allocation Model (WRAM) Elementary Certified Staffing Reductions
  • Secondary Certified Staffing Reductions
  • Teacher Library Staffing Reductions
  • Building Budget Supply Allocation Reduction
  • Third Party Partner Contract Reductions

Discussion included:

  • Reduction of positions not people
  • Agriculture education program
  • South East orchestra reduction
  • Earth & Space Science
  • First time seeing actual breakdown in secondary reductions
  • Concern about equity with the reduction to orchestra at South East
  • Achieving equity without reduction in force is difficult to do

Suggested opportunities for savings in the following areas:
  • Administration
  • District travel
  • Physical Plant
  • Legal representation
  • Extra-curricular activities

Discussion also included the SYNESI report and the importance of equity for students.

Grant Elementary Update

Superintendent Murley provided an update on the Grant Elementary School construction project. He stated the project remains on track and the roof is now on. Director Malone inquired if the upcoming rain would impact progress. Superintendent Murley stated that they are ahead of schedule in some areas and should be good, but weekly progress updates will continue. The Board thanked Bi State Construction representatives for working so hard to get the project back on track.

Action Items

The following action items were approved by the Board:

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