The Board approved consideration of a replacement school for the greater Lawton (Beverly) neighborhood. See report here. The consultation process was very favorable with strong community support for the replacement school. The District will learn from this process and engage in dialogue with other communities. I am personally very pleased as I campaigned on this type of approach.
The Board also approved the 2014-2015 budget (see report here). The budget does not increase per pupil funding amounts, but the budget incorporates funds for the anticipated increase in enrolment. Staff unit costs are also unchanged from last year. The District will draw down operating reserves by $11 million and transportation reserves by nearly $3 million for this budget. This limits the future ability of the District to invest in improvements for students and to cushion changes in costs.