Sometimes A Great Notion
By District Administrator Gary Hansen
Well, it’s back to the drawing-board, only this time the drawing-board looks a great deal different than before. The Rosendale-Brandon School Board and Administration, has been researching the concept of year-round schooling since October of 2014. While year-round schooling is found to hold merit in its benefits to students as well as staff, the School Board, due to budget issues, regretfully tabled the introduction of this option for parents at the February 16th meeting.
Late in January, Governor Walker presented his two-year state budget proposal. As it translates for the Rosendale-Brandon School District, this proposal represents a loss of $214,613 in decreased pupil aid and revenue limits for the first year of 2015-2016; the second year of the proposal, 2016-2017, our pupil aide will be restored but our revenue limit will be cut an additional $146,207. In a nutshell, the next two years combined represent a reduction of $360,000 in lost state aid and revenue limits for the Rosendale-Brandon School District. These are reductions that compound earlier years of reduced state aid to the district. With the budget already extremely tight and facing even greater reduction, there’s simply no way the Board can entertain the thought of additional programs, but rather needs to look at further reductions.
So how long might the parent option for year-round schooling be tabled? Well, the Board has not commented on this question but it is my thought that since the state is working with a two-year budget, it will be at least that long, and given the state of school finance and budget reductions, it will likely be longer.
Sometimes a great notion…