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Budget News: Help Us Brainstorm Cost-Cutting Ideas

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The West Des Moines Community School District is seeking suggestions from parents and community members on ways to reduce district expenses.

As reported earlier, 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.


Submit Your Idea!

  • Click here for the Submission Form THIS FORM IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all those who submitted an idea. We had over 200 entries!
  • Online form open from January 2 to January 14.


What’s Next?

In addition to your ideas, building principals and district administrators have begun developing options. The employee unions—West Des Moines Education Association and the West Des Moines Educational Support Personnel Association—were also asked to provide ideas. Suggested options will also be requested from Superintendent Advisory Committees, which include School Board members.

The suggested ideas will be submitted to the district’s Business Services Department to document costs associated to the proposed options.

Beginning January 16, the building principals and district administrators will then score each option against a set of evaluation criteria.

In February/March, parents will be invited to provide feedback on the proposed cost-cutting package before it is submitted to the School Board in March.


Want More Information?

For more information on the budget and the process being used to make reduction decisions, please see the resources below:

Budget Articles

Budget Information

Tregoe Decision-Making Process


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