STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR FISCAL SUSTAINABILITY
The budget development process is fraught with uncertainty. Funding is subject to a multitude of contingencies but standards remain inflexible. Parents, students and faculty all support robust instructional offerings and a vast array of extracurricular opportunities. Negotiating these often conflicting interests presents substantial challenges for school leadership as they attempt to maintain both quality scholastic programming and district solvency. CASDA’s faculty members combine years of experience in the field with comprehensive knowledge of state requirements and standards. This unique skillset enables them to guide system leaders as they work to maximize resources in order to provide a strong and sustainable education to all students.
CASDA faculty members meet with school leadership teams to determine priorities and identify concerns. Additional input from teachers, students and the community is often sought to provide a more complete representation of stakeholder interests. Sustainability inquires often include:
Thorough review of the school budget and teacher contract.
Review of tax information and State Aid.
Analysis of performance data for state assessments.
Examination of costs for both instructional and extracurricular offerings.
Exploration of means to preserve programs such as shared services, distance learning and consolidation.
Facilitation of feedback to gauge community support for any sustainability measures that may be undertaken by the district.
The relationship between a school district and the community it serves constitutes a public trust. Providing students with rigorous instruction and enriching opportunities is the primary responsibility of educators and administrators. Ensuring that these resources are sustainable and protected for the next generation is a charge that cannot be taken lightly. Our faculty’s extensive knowledge and experience working in school administration will empower superintendents and boards of education to serve as responsible stewards of their districts.
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