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Friday, February 7, 2014

Board Reviews Draft Budget-Reducing Options

The West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education will review a draft of the budget-reducing options at a workshop session at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10. The Board will also hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m. These meetings are open to the public.

More than 200 total cost-saving suggestions were submitted by staff, parents, community members, building principals, district administrators, the employee unions and the Superintendent Advisory Committees, which include School Board members.

A final cost-cutting package recommendation is tentatively scheduled to go to the School Board in March.

The district plans to reduce approximately $3 million each year for the next two years based on preliminary budget estimates. The district is using a decision-making process call Tregoe to determine ways to reduce spending.

The West Des Moines Community Schools will hold three public meetings to provide district families and community members the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed budget cutting options. The community meetings will be held in the Community Room at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway on:

  • Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 17 from 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m.

During the regular meeting, the School Board will hold a hearing on the proposed 2014-15 school year calendar, review midyear school improvement plans, and more. Links to the full agenda and board packet are below.

Event: West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education Workshop & Regular Meeting
Date: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
Time: 5:15 p.m. – Workshop; 7:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting
Location: Community Room, Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines


Packet (Reduction Options Start On Page 12 of Packet)

Board Information