Budget Survey 2018-19
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In an effort to engage school district stakeholders in the 2018-19 budget planning process, we are using a survey tool to gather input from parents, staff and the community. Respondents will choose between two important investments and a natural ranking emerges across 36 questions. An open-ended narrative question is also available. Respondents may also provide feedback via the narrative option at the end of the survey. This tool will provide information that will be taken into consideration in the budget planning process which may include budget enhancements or reductions depending on available resources.
The following survey (scroll down to access the survey) is a series of "forced choice" questions that, when results are totaled, will give a clear priority for the ranking of choices. To take the survey, you will answer 36 questions which are quick and easy as you are simply prioritizing between two items.
The premise of the survey is that all of these investment items are worthwhile as they help improve our delivery of education. All of these options contribute to the district’s vision and mission. However, all may or may not be affordable for the next school year. The results of this survey will be taken into consideration as priority decisions are made for the 2018-19 school year.
Please keep in mind that all districts are facing significant changes in the way our state funds public schools. Among these changes are significant differences in funding between school districts our legislature has imposed. The state has also reduced the amount of local levy money districts collect.
What is not included for priority in the survey and why?
- Salary increases. The district is carefully considering salary increases for employee groups based upon multiple factors. Actual salary funding from the state will be a primary consideration as these decisions are made. Employees have a voice in this discussion through collective bargaining or through other internal processes.
- Curriculum and supporting materials adoption. The district needs to make this investment to support Washington State learning standards. The Superintendent has prioritized this investment, and the Board of Directors has agreed with this priority. District processes will involve stakeholders in reviewing the curriculum and/or materials to adopt to ensure we are meeting the needs of all students.
- Bond Funded Projects. In February 2014 voters approved a bond measure which included many projects. Some of these projects require additional district funds. These projects have already been prioritized by the Capital Projects team and represent promises already made to our community.
- Professional development. This is also a program which is addressed in collective bargaining agreements and supports our instructional programs for students. The district and employees will continue to work together prioritizing professional development plans.
- Full-day kindergarten and K-3 class size reduction. State voters approved a class size reduction initiative, which includes universal full-day kindergarten, but the state has not fully funded this. In order to fully implement these initiatives, the district must invest additional levy resources.
- Basic Operations Costs. Day to day operations of the school district involve items such as water, gas, electricity and insurance for the safe operations of our buildings. These costs are set by the vendors and utility providers that provide the services to the district and, as such, are not included in this survey.
- State/Federal Underfunded/Mandated Programs. The district is required by the state to follow certain guidelines for programs to deal with many issues. Not all of these programs are fully funded and some are not funded at all by the state. These programs include services to homeless students, truancy operations, and special education as three examples. Because these programs restrict spending to prescribed services, they are not included in this survey.
- Core Programs and Graduation Requirements. The state has a list of mandated instructional programs and a required number of credits in particular programs in order for students to graduate. Because these are set by the state and School Board Policy, they are not included in this survey.
When will the survey results be available publicly? The survey tool will be open through May 14th. The results will be presented to the School Board in May.
Will my results be anonymous? Yes. We cannot identify your name in the electronic submission process. We do ask that you describe yourself among our respondent self-identification categories (marking all that apply).
How were the items on the survey chosen, and by whom? The broad categories were chosen by our district's leadership team and school board. We recognize that we cannot fully predict all items our stakeholders will want to see included. Wth ithis in mind, the survey contains a narrative field that asks what was not included for ranking that you would like the district to consider, and why.
How much money is available to spend? As of the release of this survey tool, an accurate estimate is not available due to unresolved state guidance regarding new funding rules and unfinished collective bargaining. Over the course of the spring, the budget outlook will be updated and presented to the Board at board meetings.
How do I access the survey tool? This is a web-based survey, located below or at Survey
How long will the survey take? About 10 minutes total. You may take more time to add a narrative explanation or request.
Budget Planning Survey Options
Academic Interventions for Students Needing Additional Assistance (Including Transportation): Supplemental intervention services and/or programs for struggling learners. This does not include our established state/federal programs such as second language learners, special education and highly capable programs.
Counseling Support and Guidance Resources: Services and/or programs to assist students with academic guidance, social/emotional needs, mental health needs, drug/alcohol needs, and other needs identified by school support teams.
Safety and Security: Support for additional safety equipment, services, and/or programs to support social/emotional safety as well as physical safety in schools and across district operations.
Support for Extra Curricular Activities (Including Transportation): Support for costs associated with providing students with opportunities in athletic programs and activities before, during, and after school.
Support for New Teachers: Mentoring to help teachers new to Tumwater to ensure they experience success.
Support for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce: Resources to ensure the district’s recruiting and retention program effectively attracts and retains employees reflecting the diversity within the district.
Support for Buildings and Grounds Maintenance: Resources to support building and grounds programs to ensure facilities/grounds are clean, safe and function well for their intended purpose.Social/Emotional Interventions for Students Needing Additional Assistance: Support for additional services and/or programs addressing social/emotional needs.Support for Early Learning: Support for additional coordination of community resources and/or services for students birth to 5 years old (not yet enrolled in kindergarten).