MARCH 17, 2011
A community discussion on the state’s fiscal crisis and its impact on local school districts will be held Thursday, March 31, 6:30-8p.m., at the Coconino Center for the Arts (2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff).
From Coconino County press release: The goal of the forum is to inform parents, concerned citizens and school advocates about the future of school finance in Arizona and what is being done at the county level to support schools in the face of fiscal challenges. The public is encouraged to attend.Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Robert Kelty will present this community discussion. Also in attendance will be: Dr. Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, Janice Palmer of the Arizona School Board Association and Dr. Debra Duvall of the Arizona School Administrators.
Dr. Essigs is recognized as one of Arizona’s premier authorities on school finance. He is often invited to provide insight and an easy-to-understand interpretation of state budgets, laws and how both will affect local school districts.
School districts have already received notice that the state is facing a shortfall in the current fiscal budget of approximately $825 million, with more cuts expected in 2012 — no one knows for certain just how deep the budget cuts will go. Dr. Essigs and Dr. Duvall will offer their expertise in informing our citizens on legislative decisions and how that could impact school programming and district decisions.
Beforehand, Mr. Kelty will discuss the duties of the County Superintendent’s Office as well as current initiatives his office is pursuing. A question and answer session will be held after the presentations.
Thank you to Flagstaff Cultural Partners for assisting the Coconino County Superintendent of Schools Office in bringing this event to the community.
For more information, contact Anna Chavez, (928) 679-8070.