BUDGET REDUCTION PLAN-UPDATED
The Davenport Community School District is facing difficult realities in the present and the future. It is important to retain our areas of strength, continue to support our District of Distinction initiatives, and honor our past. 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.
The realities we face include:
- a loss of 2,298 students from the 1991-1992 through the 2017-2018 school year. With our current enrollment we have an excess capacity in our schools that could accommodate over 2,000 additional students. State projections show that our enrollment may be down by 600 students by the year 2023.
- an assumption of continued State Supplemental Aid increases of 1% per year
- a loss of revenue totalling $13,274,250 due to inequality in State per pupil funding for the past 40 years
Given these realities, we must restructure in order to be fiscally prudent and continue to provide a high-quality public education for our students. We have received questions regarding how the district works with the City of Davenport regarding the population and demographic trends they are seeing in their research for city planning. Please take time to review the Development and Enrollment Trends 05082018.
Based on feedback from the Board and meetings with the School Budget Review Committee (SBRC), we have continued to refine this plan. At a Special Call meeting on Thursday, November 29, 2018, DCSD Board members approved a Two Year Budget 11-29-18 designed to bring the district to a projected positive spending authority by June 30, 2020. The Board also approved a Five Year Budget Reductional and Sustainability Plan 11-29-18 which shows how the district will realign financially to not only move to a positive spending authority balance, but to sustain that positive spending authority balance into the future.
We are interested in hearing from anyone who has ideas about additional savings to maintain our budget within the current reality. Please share your thoughts with us via email at Feedback.