Approximately 200 members of the business community and local leaders gathered to learn about District's victories and challenges.
Peoria Public Schools District 150 is moving ahead with its strategic planning process for 2015. The District’s previous strategic plan was implemented in 2011 and ended this calendar year (2014). The Board of Education and Administration has created a timeline to update the strategic plan for another three to five years starting in 2015 with implementation set for the 2015-2016 school year. In January and February, the Board of Education will host at least four public input meetings, including January 6th at Peoria High School, January 20th at Richwoods High School, February 3rd at Manual Academy, and February 17th at the Administration Building. These meetings are being designed to receive input from the community on identified topics, that will allow the Board to then review funding mechanisms, along with the feedback to prioritize goals and strategies for the plan. Please visit www.psd150.org/strategicplan for a list of topics and more information on this important process. The Board of Education is hopeful that citizens from all neighborhoods within District 150 will participate in these meetings as the next step in the strategic planning process. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. A majority of the time will be spent with working groups having open discussion on different ideas and suggestions under each each topic with time set aside for a report out at the end of the meeting.
The Peoria Public School District 150 Board of Education approved the District’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget at its meeting on September 22, 2014. Like many Districts across the State, we are being challenged by declining State and local revenues. That is why in early September, Superintendent Lathan joined a coalition of Districts and organizations working to reform the General State Aid formula. More than 120 school Superintendents have joined the coalition, along with numerous school boards, and business and community leaders, in an effort to make the formula more equitable. If the School Funding Reform Act of 2014 (SB16) was in place for the current fiscal year, a significant portion, $8.2 million, of the District's projected $11.5 million deficit would be eliminated. District 150 and other school districts across the State, with the State's most neediest students, are spending the least on their students. Parents and community members are encouraged to stand behind and offer your support to Senate Bill 16.
Did you know...
Since 2010, the State has shorted Peoria Public Schools $18,670,346? With the cumulative unfunded amount, the District's budget deficit would not exist this year.
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