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2019-2020 Budget Priorities

posted Jan 24, 2019, 8:31 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 24, 2019, 8:31 AM ]
Bartlesville’s leadership in the successful effort in spring 2018 to secure better salaries for teachers and support staff statewide, along with an improving state economy, has provided the foundation for further improvements in 2019-2020. The leaders of the new legislature and the new governor continue to signal they recognize the state must continue to reinvest in public schools. So we have the exciting prospect of prioritizing likely budget additions rather than the repeated cuts of recent years.

A high priority for the district will be improving class sizes. However, it does not anticipate receiving a large enough increase in per-pupil funding to fully accomplish that goal, and the continued teacher shortage will impact its progress. So the district will approach that issue strategically to achieve long-term, sustainable, and lasting gains.

This sea change in the district's prospects was made possible by the courageous efforts of teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members in Bartlesville and across the state.

Changed Priorities

2019-2020 Budget Priorities

  • Improve class sizes: work toward the HB 1017 class size targets of no more than 140 students per day in secondary academic classes and 20 students in elementary classes.

  • Attract and retain teachers: fully fund a step increase for all teachers

  • Initiate an elementary alternative program: hire one teacher and one assistant to partner with Grand Lake Mental Health personnel to serve 24 students severely impacted by adverse childhood experiences; learning conditions across all six sites will also benefit

  • Expand our relationship with Paths to Independence for students with autism: explore a cooperative partnership with PTI, which rents part of the Will Rogers Complex

  • Hire a secondary technology integration specialist: provide year-round professional development and support for the 1:1 Student Computing Initiative

  • Initiate an Agriculture Education program: start with one teacher offering middle school and high school introductory classes, drawing upon community support and resources to begin building out a vocational agriculture program

  • Provide an elementary administrative intern: increase support at Wayside Elementary as it approaches 650 students