Press release from the Prescott School District
With the levy cap override referendum vote failing on February 16, the Prescott School Board has some difficult work ahead. The result of the vote not only reduces funding for expenses over the next four years, it also removes funding of $1.4 million dollars that supports current programs. This is the first levy cap override that has been rejected by voters since 1999 and represents a 10% cut in the existing budget.
The school board has a special meeting scheduled on Monday, February 29 at 7:00 at the high school library to discuss specific cuts. This is a public meeting. In the pre-vote referendum communication, the district identified areas where the budget cuts would happen in this scenario. Those areas include:
● Reduction in overall staffing at all grade levels
● Larger class sizes
● Reduced busing options for students within two miles of the school -at all grade levels (4K-12) and all schools (public and private)
● Reduction and elimination of athletics and extra-curricular programming at all grade levels
● Increased fees for students and community members
Other cuts were already under review to compensate for reduced state funding and some program enhancements will likely be delayed.
Other options, including whether to implement transportation changes immediately, whether to utilize all four district buildings, what programs to discontinue, and more will be discussed by the board on February 29.