Community Budget Meeting Information

Public schools need public input! Great Falls Public Schools invited citizens to participate in community budget meetings. The information from those meetings is included below.

All meetings were held at Paris Gibson Education Center Cafeteria, 2400 Central Ave. 

You may browse the list of Questions and Answers from Community Budget Meeting (updated regularly).

 

January 9, 2014 (Thursday) School Budgets 101; Revenue and Reserve Presentation

Welcome and overview of intent to have public meetings soliciting the public's input and our desire to be communicative and responsive to the public. Presentations on estimated state revenue and reserve information. Open comments and input from the public.

January 20, 2014 (Monday) Macro Budget Presentation

Presentations on total budget breakdown and overview of the issues impacting student education. Open comments and input from the public. Process for each meeting will include answering questions from the previous meeting.

January 30, 2014 (Thursday) Projections and Stakeholder Inputs

Short comments on projections (tax increases, cost variances, personnel changes, etc.) from such agencies as: City of Great Falls, Cascade County, PPL, MAFB, Northwest Energy, Cigna, GFDA, Chamber of Commerce, and others as needed. Open comments and input from the public. Process for each meeting will include answering questions from the previous meeting.

February 6, 2014 (Thursday) Projections from Federal Government

Comments regarding projected federal revenues. Topics to include: sequestration, special education, impact aid, and security. Open comments and input from the public. Process for each meeting will include answering questions from the previous meeting.

February 20, 2014 (Thursday) Projected Changes to the Budget

An updated state revenue projection will be provided. Presentations on expected changes in insurance, payroll, utilities, cost of living, union, steps and lanes, mandated programs. Open comments and input from the public. Process for each meeting will include answering questions from the previous meeting.

March 3, 2014 (Monday) Final Budget and Recommendations

Summarization of the final recommended budget. Open comments and input from the public. Process for each meeting will include answering questions from the previous meeting.