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District 15 Board Goals for 2014-2015

September 3, 2014

Dear District 15 Community,

District 15 will be considering Board Goals for the 2014-2015 school year at the School Board meeting next Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, at 7pm.

A first draft was presented to the Board at our August meeting and there was an extended discussion of concerns and suggestions for changes; however, only one change was made in the revised draft to expand the scope of the goal to create a long-term financial plan.

My concerns and suggestions were not incorporated into the revised draft. As just one example, there is no Board Goal in two categories: Enhance Student Learning and Stakeholder Involvement. As a School Board Member I find it unacceptable that we have no Board Goal to enhance learning nor improve stakeholder involvement.

Following are the current draft goals:

GOAL CATEGORY #1: Enhance Student Learning

  • Board Goal: None

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District 15 is publishing misleading financial information

UPDATE 3/31/2014: The misleading reporting issue that is the subject of this post was largely corrected by District 15 starting with financial reports issued in March 2014. For financial reports issued from October 2013 through February 2014 you would need to carefully consider the impact of the double-counting issue noted here for District 15 revenue and expenditures.

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District 15 started publishing misleading financial information this month.

The problem is caused by including transfers between funds in total Expenditures and Revenues, which results in both Expenditures and Revenues being overstated.

The impact of the problem can be seen in two main areas. First, it distorts both revenue and expenditures, which makes year-to-year comparisons invalid. Following are the expenditures as reported by District 15 in the 5-year forecast presented this month along with the corrected amounts. This mistake is most obvious in 2013/14 where Expenditures are overstated by $8.9 million.

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Why I voted No on District 15 administrator salaries and Superintendent contract

I voted against District 15 administrator salary increases ranging from 1% to 6%. I also voted against a new contract for Superintendent Scott Thompson that included a salary increase of 2.25% and replaced six goals in the old contract with two new goals.

The salary increases and new contract were approved by the District 15 Board by a vote of 4 Yes (Babcock, Bokor, Ekeberg, Seiffert) to 3 No (Herr, Iannuzzelli, Sriram) at a special meeting on September 25th.

Following are my remarks from the meeting (edited for clarity). See video of the September 25 special meeting starting at 00:05:29.

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