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Budget Priorities for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year

posted Feb 2, 2017, 8:59 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 22, 2017, 6:36 PM ]

Bartlesville Public Schools

District Budget Priorities for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year


Some additional administrative positions will be eliminated and restructured for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to streamline district operations.  It is NOT anticipated that other significant personnel reductions will be needed. The district’s budget priorities for the 2017-2018 fiscal year include:

  • Rebuild the fund balance - The fund balance in June 2016 was below 6%,  which led to personnel reductions to ensure the district could make its December payroll as it awaited receipt of annual property taxes. Those reductions and a successful bond issue that diverts some expenses from the General Fund to bond funds should help rebuild the fund balance to a bit below 10%. That should be large enough to ride out additional state revenue cuts.

  • Recruit and retain talented teachers - The teacher shortage is the biggest threat to public education in Oklahoma. The district must be prepared to fill known vacancies earlier than in the past: March instead of June.

    • Maintain class sizes - Maintain the current average class sizes of 22 for elementary, 26­ for middle school, and 27 for high school core classes.

    • Provide salary increases - At least fund the usual step increase in the teacher salary schedule, and do more if possible to improve salaries.

    • Improve school culture - Build a culture to make the district a great place to work. Involve staff in the decision-making process, ensure ideas are heard and considered, tailor professional development to fit staff needs instead of one-size-fits-all, and provide resources to address changing demographics.

  • Protect programs - Continue to offer a wide range of academic and extracurricular offerings for our students.

  • Expand STEM - Expand Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities by expanding Project Lead the Way curricula from high school and middle school down into all elementary schools via Launch modules.

  • Expand use of instructional technology - Invest in technology resources, including infrastructure, devices, training, and additional staffing, to successfully implement a multi-year 1:1 computing initiative to better prepare students for a future in which technological literacy will be critical to most occupations.

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