During the Teacher Advisory’s January meeting, there were about 30 staff members from various grade levels and schools in attendance. Check with your school's representative(s) for additional information and to share ideas.
This month’s focus was on MMSD’s budget process. Beginning with budget goals of aligning with our strategic framework, equitably supporting schools with the most needs, improving transparency in budget development, and beginning the budget earlier, the district uses priority actions to accelerate progress and maintain a multi-year perspective while thinking about innovation.
Celebrations were acknowledged with the operational school referendum vote passing with 74%! The district’s budget cycle was defined through seven steps. Currently, our district and school board are working together and getting staff input to finalize the third step, which is priority actions. These priority actions are categorized as foundational, accelerated or innovative. Foundational priority actions include school improvement planning, common professional learning, coherent instruction, personalized pathways, family youth and community engagement, thriving workforce, accountability and school support systems, and technology plan. Accelerated priority actions include strategies that support our district’s goals of having all 9th graders on-track to graduate college, career and community ready and all 3rd graders to be proficient readers. Innovative priority actions include 4K and early childhood long-range planning/evaluating, multi-year middle school designing, secondary alternative school development/redesigning, budget design consulting, and other innovative opportunities. The School Board approves the final budget in June.