Public meetings set to discuss WCSD budget

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The community is invited to discuss the Washoe County School District budget with trustees and staff members during a series of five community forums:

Wednesday, January 17, 5:30 p.m.
Traner Middle School
1700 Carville Dr.
Reno

Tuesday, January 23, 5:30 p.m.
Double Diamond Elementary School
1200 S. Meadows Pkwy.
Reno

Wednesday, January 24, 5:30 p.m.
Caughlin Ranch Elementary School
4885 Village Green Pkwy.
Reno

Wednesday, January 31, 5:30 p.m.
Incline Middle School
931 Southwood Blvd.
Incline Village

Thursday, February 8, 5:30 p.m.
Sun Valley Elementary School
5490 Leon Dr.
Sun Valley

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PUBLIC SURVEY PERIOD HAS ENDED: The Washoe County School District is providing the community with an opportunity to participate in a budget survey, as part of what it says is "its ongoing commitment to using taxpayer funds efficiently, sharing information, and gathering public input." The results of the survey will be compiled by staff and presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration during budget discussions beginning in February 2018.

“This is a critical part of our mission to keep the public apprised with accurate information about our funding, budget process, and the challenges we face in deciding where money should be directed to support our educational goals,” said WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. “This is a complicated process, and it’s important for members of our community to be aware of where we are in that process, and how decisions could affect them and their families.”

“This survey offers students, families, staff members, and any other member of the community with an opportunity to learn about the budget and the decisions we will make going forward,” says WCSD Chief Financial Officer Mark Mathers. Although WCSD staff members will present budget recommendations in February based on their analysis, the community’s input on potential cost savings ideas is also considered important for the Board of Trustees to consider, according to a district release.

“We look forward to hearing their feedback, because that’s an important part of our budget process,” Mathers said.

The budget survey asks for input regarding budget priorities and possible cost reduction measures in both instruction and operations, and is anonymous. Respondents will be asked for general demographic information, but have the option to decline to provide it.

To take the survey in English, click here. To take the survey in Spanish, click here. The budget survey will be available online until January 2, 2018, and survey results will be released and discussed during a regular public meeting of the WCSD Board of Trustees.