Board Discusses 2016 Bond Possibilities, Scenarios
At their September 21 meeting, RISD trustees discussed possibilities and financial implications of a bond package for spring 2016. Dr. Waggoner opened the discussion with highlights of the bond process. Staff then shared an overview of the communications plan and timeliness for community engagement. Beginning in October and continuing through early December, the district’s leadership team will conduct a listening tour across RISD during which members of the public will be able to learn what types of items are being considered for the upcoming bond, and provide feedback and ideas. Meeting dates and details will be announced on the district homepage, as well as through RISD’s School Times newsletter and the district’s social media channels.
Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Support Services Tony Harkleroad then facilitated a discussion about possible items being considered for Bond 2016. Items under consideration are being slated into three general categories:
- maintenance items, which are equipment and infrastructure items that are past or will reach the end of useful life within five years;
- construction/capacity projects, which include additions or renovations to existing facilities, including additional space to accommodate enrollment growth;
- enrichment possibilities, which range from major technology initiatives to new facilities for extracurricular programs.
Several financial scenarios were presented, connecting bond packages of differing dollar amounts with implications on the property tax rate and future bond possibilities.
Trustees also heard an overview of instructional expectations from Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Dr. Jeannie Stone. Dr. Stone touched on aligning instruction with the required state curriculum, the importance of data evaluation in aiding student achievement, and ensuring that staff development for teachers is meaningful and has a direct impact on student learning.
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