Our administration presented the Vision 2020 plan to the members of our school board at one of their regular meetings on February 26, 2018. I believe Vision 2020 is a responsible and proactive plan. Vision 2020 will allow us to restructure our facilities and finances while preserving our district’s strengths and values.
Our district is facing difficult realities in the present and the future. Our diverse urban district offers students unique opportunities. We want to continue to support those opportunities as well as being able to respond to new opportunities to provide the best possible education for our students.
A few of the challenges we face includes a loss of 2,298 students from 1991-1992 through the 2017-2018 school year. With our current enrollment we have an excess capacity in out schools that could accommodate over 2,000 additional students. State projections show that our district may be down another 600 students by 2023. These enrollment trends, combined with with assumption of continued State Supplemental Aid increases of 1% per year, and the loss of revenue due to the inequality in the State per pupil funding for the past 40 years, means we must restructure in order to be fiscally prudent and continue to provide a high-quality public education for our students.
You can review the Vision 2020 plan on our website and I hope you will join us at one or all of our upcoming public forums.
Dr. Arthur W. Tate, Superintendent