I know we’ve all been hearing about the budget cuts for SFUSD and are wondering what this means for Grattan. Our school site budget remains relatively unscathed. Grattan, like all schools, experienced a 4% decrease in our base funding. However, additional funding that we did not have in previous years has been allocated leaving us with no deficit. Our overall budget is literally one dollar less than last year. That being said, numerous schools in SFUSD have funding shortfalls for a variety of reasons and we want to stand in community with them.
Although our budget is the same as last year we still want the community’s input on our programming. Needs change over time and it’s important that we are continually reflecting on how we allocate our funds.
Families will have several opportunities for input over the coming weeks. The first opportunities will be at Math Night Thursday February 27th 5PM-7PM and the Black History Gallery Walk Friday February 28th at 8AM. This will be a chance to prioritize the areas we have historically spent funds on and provide new programing ideas. The School Site Council (“SSC”) will also be gathering data from focal groups and teachers and creating various budget scenarios. Families will have an opportunity to provide feedback on these proposed budgets at the PTA Meeting on March 13th at 8 AM and Portfolio Night on March 19th 5:00PM-7:00PM.
Once all this data is gathered and the community has given input on various budget scenarios the Instructional Leadership Team will determine the final budget to present to the SSC for approval. We aim to share this decision with the community in early April.
I can’t stress enough how important all the voices in our community are. It’s important we hear them. If you are not able to attend one of these community meetings please feel free to reach out to me via email: email@example.com or stop by the office. I’m also happy to connect you to one of our family SSC members as well.