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Budget News: Parent Forums & Phenix

Budget_2Over the past several months, the WDMCS district has been sharing information about the need for the district to reduced $3 million from its budget this year and again next year.

In January, the district gathered more than 150 total cost-saving suggestions submitted by staff, teachers, parents, community members, building principals, district administrators, the employee unions and School Board members. The list of options were shared last week during a public School Board meeting and through an email to all district parents. The list of options is available here  Budget Reduction Options (page 12).

On the list of suggestions is closing Phenix Early Childhood Center next year. It is estimated that this would save the district $1,126,646.

Please be aware of the opportunities available for you to provide your input on this option:

You may:

  1. Attend one of the Parent Forums. The two remaining meetings are Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. and Friday, Feb. 21 from 12-1:30 p.m. Both will be held at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. These meetings are being held specifically to provide information about the district’s budget and the reduction options and to gather feedback.
  2. Fill out the online feedback form available here through Monday, Feb. 24 at 5:00 p.m. (CST) Budget Reduction Option Feedback Form.
  3. Email WDMCS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy at remyl@wdmcs.org.
  4. Attend the Monday, Feb. 24 School Board meeting, which will start at 7 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center, 3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines.

For more information, please visit http://www.wdmcs.org/2014/02/budget/.