As of January 2017, the budget gap projected for 2017-18 will require the district to implement some of the same short-term solutions that have been used in prior years. These include layoffs, at both schools and the district office (read more in Dr. Santelises’ January 27 letter to the community).
To break the annual cycle of budget gaps, staff members are also working on structural changes that will improve the district’s financial stability over the next few years. This work is being done in partnership with ERS, the outside firm that has helped take a deeper look into City Schools’ financial situation.
One example is addressing our students’ greater levels of need, which can lead to a cycle of specialization with ever-greater numbers of students requiring additional services.
To address this, both from a student and budgetary standpoint, City Schools is looking to identify steps that can be taken to prevent this ongoing cycle, such as early intervention to address student need before it is compounded.