School Board Members Want to Hear From You

Yes, you! What should the district hold as its priorities?

The Geneva School District Board of Education wants to hear from you! Yes, YOU! Every parent, student, citizen, and other interested party is encouraged to share with the Board of Education what you believe should be the district’s priorities.

Your input will aid the Board of Education with the setting of goals and priorities for future school years. Your feedback matters!

Join us on Saturday, April 21, to share your thoughts on curriculum, finance, facilities, and anything else that’s on your mind. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria at Geneva Middle School North, 1357 Viking Drive.

The meeting will be broken up into comments on the following topics:

1. What are your priorities for Geneva School District’s facilities?

2. What do you believe should be the district’s priorities in financial management?

3. What should be or continue to be programmatic and/or educational priorities in Geneva School District?

4. Additional comments

To ensure that all attendees are provided time to share their comments and suggestions, meeting attendees should be prepared to follow these guidelines:

  • If a suggestion has already been made, please do not repeat it.
  • Remarks by any individual will be limited to 3 minutes.
  • Responses from the board should not be expected. This forum is not a question/answer session, but an opportunity to provide input.
  • While attendees are encouraged to speak to the board, written comments (on prepared notes or provided note cards) are also requested to ensure the board has an accurate record of all feedback.

This meeting will be recorded and posted on both the district’s website and Channel 10.

Please help us spread the word and join us for this important opportunity to provide your input to the Board of Education. Your feedback matters!

SOURCE: Geneva Community School District 304

Steven Sheehan April 05, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Please consider the following questions for the meeting, as I am unable to attend. According to page 9 of Wm. Blair’s October 2011 Financing Update, in Levy Year 2010, the loan payment on CUSD 304 debt was $14,624,805, which includes principal and interest. In Levy year 2019, our payment will be $24,928,505. What, if any, operational efficiencies are being explored to offset the stair step increases in our debt payment, until we have reached payoff in 2027 at $325.7 million in cumulative principal and interest? The recently released November 2011 Demographic Study by Dr. John Kasarda indicates that the CUSD 304 enrollment for the 2006-07 school year was 5873 k-12 students. For 2011-12, Kasarda reports enrollment as 5877 — a net increase of 4 students in 5 years. During that same period, taxpayers funded 2 new elementary schools, Williamsburg — Sept 2008 and Fabyan — Sept 2009, at a cost of over $40,000,000 (excluding interest on the debt). The updated “anticipated” enrollment projection (Series B on page 30) has CUSD 304 declining to 5441 students in 2021-22. Based on the new projection, at what point do we revisit the Master Plan in order to evaluate consolidation of buildings? Assuming we would chose one of the older buildings to close due to maintenance costs, as was the case with the now vacant Coultrap building, what is the outlook for reusing or selling these valuable assets as part of debt reduction plan? Thanks Steve Sheehan


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