As part of its regular long-range financial planning process, the School Board welcomes community feedback on the budget adjustments (changes within specific areas) being proposed for the 2015-2016 school year. A link to an online opportunity to provide feedback can be found below. Residents can also provide feedback by emailing welisten@district279.org or participating in the Audience Opportunity to Address the School Board at the February 17 meeting.

About Long-Range Financial Planning

The Osseo Area Schools Long-Range Financial Planning process was designed through extensive community engagement to ensure transparent and collaborative budget recommendations to the School Board.

The Long-Range Financial Planning process reflects the district’s commitment to transparency in the planning process by seeking out the perspectives of staff and community members:

  • Stakeholder perspectives are gathered throughout the year so that staff better understand community priorities;
  • Multiple advisory groups include parents and other community members who advise district staff in a variety of areas. For example, throughout the year parent advisory groups such as the District Program Advisory Council, Community Education Program Advisory Council, and other groups meet to consider and provide feedback on the educational program;
  • The Long-Range Financial Planning Team and community-based FISCAL advisory team provide input and feedback on financial issues;
  • The Core Planning Team, which consists of community members and staff, meets every year to advise the superintendent regarding priority work for the following year;
  • Every year, other teams engage staff and community members in addressing system-level priority work.

Every year, the annual budget proposal applies resources to support the educational program priorities identified by our community and state leaders. The proposal is then shared with the public on the district website for additional feedback.

Board involvement leading up to FY 2016 budget development

Since last November, the School Board has provided key decision points and input into the FY 2016 budget development process:

  • November 10, 2014 Work Session – provided direction on FY 2016 budget parameters Listen
  • November 18, 2014 Regular Board Meeting – accepted FY 2014 Audit Results Watch
  • December 9, 2014 Regular Board Meeting – approved FY 2016 Levy Limitation Watch

Presentation of proposed budget adjustments for FY 2016

At the February 3 Work Session, the board considered FY 2016 proposed budget adjustments that support the district’s plan for using resources to support Minnesota’s World’s Best Workforce/Strategic Plan goals:

    • All children are ready for school.
    • All third-graders can read at grade level.
    • All racial and economic achievement gaps between students are closed.
    • All students are ready for career and college.
    • All students graduate from high school.

Following School Board direction, no budget reductions or additions are being proposed for the FY 2016 General Operating/Transportation budget.

All proposed budget adjustments were submitted through the Program Efficiency, Abandonment and Redirection (PEAR) process. Therefore, they are proposed for funding through department efficiency improvement and/or redirection of funds. Budget capacity created last year to support implementation of new grade spans is proposed for redirection in several ways to continue to support the grade span change. 

Some key proposed budget adjustments include:

  • Large site support through additional administrative or other licensed support at elementary schools with enrollment greater than 700 students, middle schools with enrollment greater than 1,500 students, and senior highs with enrollment greater than 1,700 students.
  • Additional classroom teachers to support the middle school 8-period block schedule and interdisciplinary team planning time while maintaining current class size targets.
  • Annual classroom teacher allocation aligned to enrollment projections and recommended staffing ratios.
  • A redesigned model for English Learner (EL) programming to provide services at all elementary schools, middle schools, comprehensive high schools and the Osseo Area Learning Center.
  • Increase in the total elementary ESP allocation to continue support for all-day kindergarten.
  • Increase in custodial staff (12 to align with current industry standards for facilities cleaning and to provide more consistent coverage for weekend activities and secondary sites; 3 to support additional senior high square footage).
  • Increase in regular and activity bus routes to support the transition of North View Junior High to the same busing tier as the other three junior high schools.
  • Consultant, staff development and supply costs to support the district’s recruitment and retention plan to increase workforce diversity.

Budget proposal posted to website for additional feedback

Community members can provide additional feedback on the proposed budget adjustments. All comments submitted by midnight, February 15, will be shared with all school board members prior to the February 17 meeting at which the board will take action on the proposed adjustments. Update February 16: All comments submitted by the deadline through the online tool were provided to school board members. Additional feedback may be submitted at any time to WeListen@district279.org or OsseoSchoolBoard@district279.org.

Final steps in budget development

Detailed budgets will be developed based upon the School Board’s action on February 17. Staff will also consider any necessary adjustments to the proposed budget based upon legislative action completed during the 2015 session.

The final FY 2016 budget will be presented to the School Board for approval at the June 16, 2015 regular meeting.

Additional Information

View all documents reviewed by the School Board at the February 3 work session.

Listen to the February 3 work session.

-Published Feb. 3, 2015

Contact

Ron Meyer
Executive Director of Finance and Operations
763.391.7015

Kelly Benusa
Director of Business Services
763.391.7022