Priority List Discussions Prior to First Budget Meeting
The District's business manager attended a workshop and was told there could be no discussion of priority lists with corresponding dollar amounts until after the first budget meeting. Is this accurate?
The State budget laws require that the proposed budget be presented at the first budget committee meeting. However, this does not preclude the board from having discussions about spending priorities. These discussions can be structured in a variety of different ways – a couple of examples include: 1) set time aside during regular board meetings for discussion of priorities and estimated costs by program area, or 2) have public forums set up where the board and/or budget committee members can take input from parents and the public. What the board can't do is take action on any of the information until the budget is presented officially to the budget committee.