Superintendent’s remarks, Board meeting: Aug. 12, 2014

Following school board direction at our budget work session on May 13, we’ve prepared the 2014-15 budget. I’m pleased to present this budget, focused on student learning, which will enable VPS to make the following strategic investments:

  • Further reduce class size
  • Maintain restored and enhanced afterschool activity, athletic and fine arts program offerings
  • Restore 65 percent of the Title 1 mandatory set-asides due to the loss of the state’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver
  • Continue to expand programs of choice including preparing to transition Fort Vancouver High School as a Center for
  • International Studies in 2015-16 and AVID at the elementary level
  • Provide instructional quality support and calibration training
  • Provide additional discretionary financial resources to building principals to support instructional quality in their schools
  • Provide technical-assistance support to Family-Community Resource Centers in our Opportunity Zone schools to improve service delivery, professional development and training, partnerships, and align resources with identified collective impact outcomes
  • Advance safe and supportive learning environments, including restorative justice practices at the secondary level
  • Sustain our early learning initiatives including Kindergarten Jump Start and supporting our kindergarten teachers in implementing the required WA Kids assessment
  • Begin planning for capital facilities improvements in light of community input during the Design II refresh process
  • Enhance our business intelligence performance management solutions by adding additional staff so our data team can leverage our dashboards to positively impact student learning trajectories
  • Continue to scale our 21st century Flexible Learning Environments vision to the next cohort of middle schools

Ninety four percent of new budget resources are being invested in direct services to students or school-based programs.