Dear GW Community â€”
On January 21 we received our initial budget for the 2016-2017 school year. We were surprised to find out that we were facing a significant reduction in our funding.
We immediately got to work on developing solutions and engaging our Collaborative School Committee – a group of students, faculty, and community members – as well as our department chairs who represent the teaching staff. On January 26 we held a meeting with these constituent groups to first focus on reducing non-staff operational costs and supplementary program costs, and then examine our support staff and our teaching faculty. It is important to us that we stay as far away from the classroom as possible, because what happens in the classroom is why we are all here. On Friday, January 29 we informed the staff that we would be looking at reductions in select departments and have since begun the process for what is called a Reduction In Building (RIB).
As of today, February 3, we do not know what our final budget will be â€” this is a lengthy process with many players. We are actively developing potential solutions that might make a staff reduction smaller in scale than anticipated; however, we must still move forward with the RIB process. In accordance with employee association guidelines, we are required to inform staff of their status by February 15 so that those who are impacted will have the opportunity to interview at other schools.
The GW community has asked for additional resources from the district but these decisions are still pending. We are fortunate to have the dedicated support of School Board President, Anne Rowe, and Board Member, Michael Johnson, who are advocating for our school. We are hopeful that reasonable solutions will be found to support the success of our students and our long-term goals as a school.
The budget process is never easy. There are always trade-offs based on what is affordable and most impactful.Â Thanks to the support of our community we are emboldened to make every effort to ensure that we are building a strong foundation for long-term success for all students and their families at George.Â Regardless of the final budget numbers, we will continue to build on the work of One George from the past 18 months. We are dedicated to student-centered learning, distributed leadership, building pathways for all students and increasing our already positive school culture.
We are committed to communicating with you throughout this process. As we have updates to share we will be reaching out with that information as quickly as possible. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to either of us.
JosÃ© Martinez | Interim Principal
Scott Lessard | Succession Principal