Yesterday, we had a very favorable outcome at our meeting with the School Budget Review Committee. It was a momentous day for the Davenport Community School District, but it was a greater day for the students of the Davenport Community School District.
The School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) voted to forgive more than $9 million in previous District overspending, and allow the District to move forward in a financial way that provides for our students.
I want to thank all of the staff who put together the proposal, and the School Board for their support.
I also want to thank the SBRC, as they had a complex and a difficult decision to make. I believe the SBRC made their decision yesterday based on the fact that they want to do what is best for the students within our District.
On behalf of the DCSD, as well as our entire community, we owe gratitude to the SBRC for their willingness to allow us to get on our feet financially as a school system, focus on educational outcomes for our students, and move forward with speed.
We’re very excited about the opportunity to educate our students so that we meet and exceed the expectations of our entire community.
The opportunity that was presented to us, also brings with it a great deal of responsibility.
Our responsibility as a District is to take this opportunity and not squander it.
We have to make sure the opportunity in front of us directly impacts student learning, and sets an example for other school districts across the state.
There’s a great responsibility that we do this right and we take this opportunity to get our financial house in order, forever, and show the rest of the state that Davenport knows what we are doing.
We are very excited about the future of the Davenport Community School District. We are Growing Excellence, and as a result of yesterday’s meeting we have an opportunity to accelerate that process.
While we couldn’t be more pleased, we’re not celebratory in the sense that we have a lot of work to do. We know that finance is one of the issues the district has had to deal with over the course of the past few years, but again, our focus is on student achievement, student learning outcomes, and the social and behavioral health of our students.
By no means is our work done. We are optimistic that our financial landscape will be much more manageable, and we have an opportunity to accelerate the programing we have for our students.
We have a very supportive School Board, and it is comforting to me to know we have a group of teachers, staff and administrators that are not only committed to the District, but the success of our students. That is a foundational stone we can rely on to move forward as a district.
In the Davenport Community School District, all arrows are pointing up. Yesterday was good news for us, but it’s news we have to build upon and quickly move forward with all that we still need to do as a District to meet the community’s expectations.