Click on the post to view the agenda for Monday's Board meeting. There will be no committee meetings of the whole this month due to spring break falling on the usual date of March 28th. There will be an open enrollment update and the board is set to approve any open enrollment changes at this time. I'm curious as to the discussion about the day at the capitol and the budget resolution they plan to discuss. If you go to the district website, you will also be able to view the packet of materials the board is given in preparation for the meeting. It usually has excellent information and I encourage all to look it over.
Today, Evansville made the Gazette front page twice! Once for our 25% increase in population since 2000 and once for Stoughton Trailers reopening the Evansville plant. This should mean good news for the city and the school district in terms of revenue increases. In the same time frame, the school district has seen an 18% increase in enrollment. That is the good news. The bad news is that this increase was fully realized in 2006 and has flattened at about 1800 since then, with only minor fluctuations up and down. The double whammy of no appreciable enrollment increase for five years and a back-loaded bond that was written with the expectation of steady enrollment increases (payments increase as time goes on instead of evenly distributed over time) will continue to bite the district in the ass until 2020 or enrollment increases substantially, whichever comes first. Maybe the 2010 census information predicts another bolus of new students into the district. While it will improve the funding outlook, unless they stack them vertically, it also augers that new buildings will be needed to house any substantial increase in enrollment.
What with our fine upstanding example of governorship, soon I expect us all to return to the feudal educational system in which only royalty can afford education and the rest of us scratch out a living by their largess. Butthead. When I think of all the times when I was on the board when we had to reschedule a meeting because of posting inaccuracies or, my favorite, when the venue was locked and we couldn't get to the room for which it was posted, it makes me want to vomit at the apparent consideration of those in power that they are above the open meeting laws and can do whatever they want because they are sick of being frustrated. For God's sake, I was on the school board for 3 years and never stopped being frustrated at the "rob Peter to pay Paul"decisions we constantly had to make. I have friends on the board who have done it twice that long. Being frustrated with budget inadequacies is the status quo for all school districts everywhere. Shifting from whence they get funding is not going to magically solve that problem. Scott Walker is a menace and his agenda of attracting national attention for a shot at the national stage was bought at the expense of wise governance for our state. This has been a bizarre chapter in Wisconsin history with a sad conclusion.