The following is a brief recap of the March 30, 2021 Board of Education Special Called Meeting & Budget Work Session:
Before approving the agenda, the Board approved the suspending of Policy 2322 for that meeting in order to allow Board member Burden to participate via Zoom.
Interim Superintendent, Dr. David Lewis, provided the Board a brief Fremont Elementary School Project Update. He shared that last week representatives from the County approached the district with a proposal for how to fund the local match requirement of the Needs Based Public School Grant being used to build the new elementary school. Dr. Lewis shared that the Board’s Facilities Committee and Finance Committee will meet later this week to discuss the proposal along with other information related to school capital funds. He shared that the district is continuing to move forward with the selection of the construction manager at risk for the project, but will delay any work where a cost will be incurred until both Boards can come to an agreement on how the local required match will be funded.
Following the Fremont Project update, Chair Don Christopher West and Attorney Schwartz provided a Superintendent Search Update. Chair West shared that the North Carolina School Boards Association, who is helping facilitate the search process for the Board, will need to meet with the Board in the coming month to discuss the timeline to consider applications and selection of first round interviews for candidates. As part of its discussion, the Board agreed that April 13 would work best for everyone to meet. No meeting time was decided.
Following the Special Called meeting, the Board entered its Work Session. After approving its agenda, the Board again approved the suspending of Policy 2322 in order to allow Board member Burden to participate in the Work Session via Zoom.
Interim superintendent Lewis and the WCPS Leadership Team provided a Budget Overview. Dr. Lewis expressed that the proposed $192 million budget focuses on three main priorities:
Provision of Academic Services and Supports to Students, Families and Staff
Operation of a Balanced Budget
Reduction/Elimination of Debt
Dr. Lewis shared the budget development process began last November. He shared that staffing formulas, early budgeting projections, student allotments, and other data was used in planning. He also noted that school and district department leaders were involved in the budget planning and development process. To watch the entire proposed budget presentation, click on Meeting Video. The full budget can be viewed at Superintendent’s Proposed Budget link.
As part of the budget development timeline, Dr. Lewis shared that a copy of the proposed budget will be posted on the district’s website at the district’s Central Services. The Board suspended the public hearing requirement in its Policy 8100, and directed the policy be reviewed by its Policy Committee as there is no legal requirement to hold a public hearing for its budget and it has not been a part of the Board’s past practice. The Board requested that the public be able to provide input on the budget until Friday, April 16, to give Board members and district leaders time to review comments and to consider potential revisions before its scheduled May 3 Board Meeting.
Following the Budget Work Session, the Board entered a Closed Session to consult with legal counsel. The Board adjourned immediately following its Closed Session.
The full meetings can be viewed by clicking on Video Link. This meeting and past meeting videos can be viewed by clicking on the following Board Meeting Videos Link. Click on the following links to view agendas and materials for the March 30, 2021 Special Called Meeting Link and the March 30, 2021 Budget Work Session Link.