D-49 Declares Financial Exigency


School District 49 has declared a financial exigency because of the looming budget cuts.

Stephanie Wurtz Meredith, Communications Specialist with the district, said that a financial exigency will give the district the ability to have flexibility with multi-year contract, allowing D-49 to end contracts with vendors and various services such as auditing provided with the school. Meredith said that teachers are not on multi-year contracts, and will not be impacted by this move. It also allows the district to avoid paying severance payments to staffers who are laid off.

The Falcon school board reportedly unanimously approved the measure Thursday. Meredith said that the vote was a formal announcement by the school board to show how dire the budget situation is, but also a step taken to prevent the need for a reduction enforcement, which would impact teachers.

Meredith told 11 News that the goal is to put more money into classrooms by cutting vendors. No vendors have been notified at this time; the district is still looking at what they can cut.

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  • by AngryJazzHands Location: Falcon on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    @Bill: Ahh, so its OK to spend over 1 million for NO GOOD REASON, because its only a seventh of our projected budget shortfall? And I suppose its ALSO OK to spend thousands of dollars of District money to drive buses to the Capital? Everything this board has done in the name of innovation has been completely appalling. It has been proven time and again that throwing more money at the classroom simply does not equate to a better education. Yet they continue to convince people that they are at the mercy of the government. There are other districts that are not firing good people, have much higher graduation rates, more students, and with similar budgets. This is nothing more than a clear mismanagement of OUR resources. Its time to outsource this board, I hear we can find much cheaper ones for less. Please send all proposals to mguinn@d49.org by the end of the month.
  • by Jean on Apr 16, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    For a starter, how about voting for school board members who have children attending the local schools. What is the motivation for someone to run for a school board when they home school their children -or send them to a private school? Maybe to cut the local taxes or control the curriculum to suit their religious beliefs? These reasons do not benefit the kids attending D49.
  • by Bill on Apr 15, 2011 at 10:37 PM
    To everyone on here that is referencing the contract buy-outs: That money would not make up for the shortfall that the district is facing. To clarify $1 million (the cost of the buy-outs) is less than $7 million (the projected shortfall). Even if they hadn't bought those contracts out, they would still be $6 million short, but in all truth, that $7 million would stay about the same, since they would still have to pay those employees that got contract buyouts. Just saying...
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 06:53 PM
    To: D49 Employee Let's see the books then. Prove to us that these were donations. Your word as an employee means nothing just the like the Boards words mean nothing without proof. There hasn't been anything coming out of the Boards mouths yet that is truthful. This Board is ruining the lives of their employees and ruining the education that kids receive. "Just to clarify, the $7000 it took to pay for buses to get to Denver for that protest was raised by donations. The gas and the drivers' wages were not covered by district funds."
  • by Angryd49parent Location: Falcon on Apr 15, 2011 at 04:22 PM
    LOL it keeps getting dumber and dumber. They plan to fire half of people working at the central offices due to their own fiscal mismanagement, then proceed to spend money they DON'T HAVE on this innovation initiative. All the while, the kids and teachers suffer
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 02:06 PM
    PROVE IT!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 15, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    So, so glad we are homeschooling.
  • by Bob Location: D49 parent on Apr 15, 2011 at 01:36 PM
    LEARN. TO. MANAGE. YOUR. MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!! There's absolutely NO reason for this mess, with the property taxes you collect in this district. I'll be SO glad when my daughter graduates from your system and is out of there, the quality of your district has fallen drastically in the last ten years, and it's solely the fault of your corrupt leaders. We initially moved to this district to start her school career because back then it was desirable to go to school out here. now, not so much.
  • by @ralph on Apr 15, 2011 at 12:08 PM
    You should check with the residents/students/parents/employees of Jefferson County and ask them how that is working for them. They have a language arts major for a super intendent who doesn't know what a budget is and it shows with how the money is spent.
  • by David Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 15, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    Ok, so... streetlights shut off, check! Park maintenance shut down...check! SOLE helicopter in the area sold...check! Firefighters and police laid off...check! And now... public education shut down... check? Glad we are cutting all that stupid government spending.
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