Budget News: Budget Cutting Criteria Selected
As recently reported, early financial estimates show the district must reduce approximately $3 million from the general fund each year for the next two years. The district is using a process called Tregoe to make cost-cutting decisions.
The process uses a step-by-step approach to set objectives, organize and prioritize information, evaluate options and understand the impact of possible choices.
The first step was to identify how much money needs to be cut.
The second step was to develop the criteria to be used to evaluate suggested cost cutting ideas. The district administration has developed the criteria with input from several groups, including:
Parent representatives from each school who are members of the School Community Network
Teacher representatives who are members of the West Des Moines Education Association
Staff representatives who are members of the West Des Moines Educational Support Personnel Association
The final criteria is available here:
To learn more about the Tregoe process and budget reduction timeline, please see the resources below.