Applicants sought for school budget oversight committee

School District 51 is now accepting applications for a budget development and oversight committee whose members will learn about the district’s budget process and make suggestions to the School Board about which budget items should be cut and which ones should remain untouched in 2012-13.

The committee will have 10 community members, two representatives from the School Board and members who will represent the Mesa Valley Education Association, which represents District 51 teachers, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which represents District 51 classified employees, such as secretaries.

The committee will begin monthly meetings in January. Members are expected to attend those meetings, as well as a series of community meetings this winter, to collect information.

Members will oversee the district’s budget process, make sure what is cut and what is saved adheres to the district’s goals for education, and take community and staff input on the budget and share it with the School Board.

The committee also will be expected to write a report detailing the district’s budget decisions.

Members will serve a one-year term with the option to serve a three-year term.

Anyone who wants to apply for a committee membership can send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Dec. 5. The email should include name, address, phone number, email address and the relationship the person has with the district, such as parent of a student, employee, or community member.

The email also should include reasons why a person wants to be on the committee, what qualifications a person has, and a description of past experiences with the school district, such as volunteer work or employment.

The District Accountability Committee will select 20 applicants for consideration, and the School Board likely will select the committee Dec. 13, according to District 51 spokesman Jeff Kirtland.

“We’re trying to get a diverse group” on the committee, Kirtland said.

The committee will report to the District Accountability Committee, a group of District 51 employees, parents and community members that advises the School Board about whether District 51 educational programs are worthwhile and operating as they should be.


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