WCSD Seeks Public Input As Budget Survey Goes Live

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell



WCSD Seeks Public Input As Budget Survey Goes Live


Reno, NV (December 4, 2018) – As part of its ongoing commitment to keeping open lines of communication with the community, using taxpayer funds efficiently, and gathering public input, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) is encouraging members of the community to participate in an online budget survey. The results of the survey will be compiled by District staff and presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration during budget discussions beginning after the first of the year.


“We want the public to know about our funding, budget challenges, and the decisions we are preparing to make as we put the budget together for the 2019-2020 school year,” said WCSD Board of Trustees President Katy Simon Holland. “This is an important process because these decisions affect our students and impact the important goals our community has for their education. We are interested in hearing opinions from students, families, and members of the community at large to help inform the decisions we make in the near future.”


A similar survey circulated earlier this year garnered thousands of responses from the community, and Trustees used this valuable feedback to help build the current budget. As a result of public feedback from the surveys, the Board retained music and art programs, reduced central administration, and cut some transportation services.


“This can be a complicated process, but it’s also an opportunity for our community to learn about our budget challenges and help shape ideas for potential cost reductions going forward,” said Mark Mathers, chief financial officer for WCSD. “We look forward to hearing community input through this survey, which offers everyone the chance to express their views and learn about the District’s budget. This is especially important this year prior to when the new governor and legislature set funding for schools.”


The budget survey is open until January 7, 2019, and while it asks for general demographic information, respondents are not required to provide it. The survey is anonymous. A series of community forums will also be held in January and February to review survey results and discuss the District’s priority based budgeting process in greater depth.


WCSD is the first school district in the nation to use Priority Based Budgeting, a process by which the District matches available resources to community priorities, helping trustees make better-informed budgeting decisions while also engaging with the community.


To take the survey in English, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QGKMRWK. To take the survey in Spanish, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QFRLHFR.


The community forums where trustees and staff members will discuss the budget are scheduled for:

  • January 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Towles Elementary School. Open to parents, staff, students, and community members.  Registration is encouraged and can be done so here.
  • January 31, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Washoe Education Association. Open to all District employees. Registration is encouraged and can be done here.
  • February 4, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Smithridge Elementary School. Open to parents, staff, students, and community members
  • February 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at District Board Room. Open to parents, staff, students, and community members. Please register to participate in person or to receive information about how to join virtually. 




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