Messages from the Superintendent:
April 17, 2017
Dear Parents, Staff and Concerned Citizens:
As you are aware, in order for the district to comply with the 2.5% Soft Cap law that went into effect on October 1, 2016, I have had the arduous task of creating a reductions scenario to implement the Board of Education’s proposed 2017-2018 budget should it be approved at the May referendum.
At the request of the Chair of the Avon Board of Education, Houston Putnam Lowry, the attached information is being provided to help you gain a better understanding of the implications of the proposed budget. Attached is a memorandum to the Board Chair and Board of Education members that summarizes the reductions needed as well as a spreadsheet explaining the implementation of the reductions. Reductions were derived after meeting with the district’s administrators, which includes building principals, central leadership staff and department supervisors, where through countless hours of thought and discussion we carefully considered the impact of each reduction on the district’s function of maintaining programs and services.
This information is only now being released to you as meetings with the five school principals as well as union leaders were again needed prior to this information being released to the community at large. It was at today’s meeting with the principals that written notifications were distributed to allow the courtesy of principals to privately inform the individual staff members who may be impacted by the reductions.
The attached information regarding the reductions is on the agenda to be discussed at tomorrow night’s Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, April 18th.
Thank you once again for your continued support.
Gary S. Mala
Superintendent of Schools Avon Public Schools