Of School Budgets & Teacher Contracts
By now most Geneva residents have probably heard that there are some issues that the Geneva School District has had to deal with over the last six months. Whether it was concerning the debt, kindergarten class size or enrollmentgate, the board of education and their actions have been a hot topic throughout the community.
The board has two significant decisions to make over the next few months: the 2012-13 school year budget and a new teacher contract. Both of these issues will be hot buttons for several different reasons and the debate from all sides could get very interesting. As someone who has attended more school board meetings than I would like to remember, here are my thoughts on both topics.
Kane County Chronicle
Geneva School District 304 officials say they can’t explain why enrollment projections provided five years ago during a referendum attempt were higher than those determined by a consultant.
At the time, officials at District 304 were attempting to gain support for an $80 million referendum to help build two new elementary schools. Consultant John D. Kasarda projected that – from 2006 to 2012 – the likely enrollment increase in the district would be 345 students, with a high-end projection of 888.
Kane County Chronicle, January 13, 2012
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During the public comment period at the January 9th, 2012, Geneva School District Board of Education Meeting, several local residents spoke to the board concerning the current debt incurred by the district. They recapped possible steps needed to repay the debt, including the creation of a board financial task force consisting of three sitting board members as well five residents from the community.
To view the materials presented to the board, click on the attachments below.
(December 15, 2011, Sent via email to Geneva School Board)
Unfortunately I was not able to attend the latest school board meeting on December 12, regarding the tax increase of 1.5%. It seems as in previous years, certain members of this board as well as the school administrators are not inclined to listen or allow public comment on why taxes need to raised year after year.