The EC School Board establishes a preliminary budget of $188M for 2022-2023

Oct. 4—EAU CLAIRE — The Eau Claire school board voted Monday to adopt a preliminary budget of approximately $187.6 million for the 2022-2023 school year.

The figure was approved unanimously. Commissioner Lori Bica was not present at the meeting.

It is estimated that 69.4% – $139,326,450 – of the budget is expected to be spent on general expenses, 14.3% on special education services and the remaining funds will go to other projects, non-referendum debt services, debt services approved by referendum, capital projects, food services, a trust fund for employee benefits and community services.

Business Services District Executive Director Abby Johnson said the new budget would impact district ratepayers to the tune of $632 per $100,000 of property value, a decrease of $70. compared to the 2021-2022 school year.

The board will take a final vote on the 2022-23 budget later this month.

Also on Monday, the board heard from the executive director of academic services for the district, Mandy Van Vleet, who spoke about equitable tiered support systems and how they could be systematically implemented in the district.

“For schools and districts in Wisconsin, implementing an equitable system of tiered support means providing equitable services, practices, and resources to each learner based on responsiveness to instruction and intervention. effective,” the board documents state.

“In this system, high-quality instruction, strategic use of data, and collaboration interact within a continuum of supports to facilitate learner success. Schools provide various types of supports at different levels of intensity to proactively and reactively adapt to the needs of the whole child.

Van Vleet discussed ECASD’s teaching and learning strategic plan and identified the data, goals and actions needed to better promote the plan.

According to Van Vleet, the implementation of an EMLSS has three levels: universal teaching of academics and social and emotional learning; selective academic interventions and/or social and emotional supports; and intensive academic and/or social and emotional support interventions.

Ultimately, she said, the goal of these levels is to ensure that all students have the necessary access to the individualized education they need to thrive, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, nationality, marital status and other factors.

Van Vleet said about 61% of Eau Claire students currently need extra support.

“It’s a tiered approach to meeting the needs of all students, no matter where they are in their educational journey,” Van Vleet said. “We know we need to create systemic change.”

Family engagement, a guaranteed and viable curriculum, collaboration, strategic assessment and high-quality teaching will all be key factors in achieving equity in education, Van Vleet said.

Van Vleet also referred to the disproportion of colored students placed in special education services compared to white students.

Although she said she was unable to provide specific numbers for confidentiality purposes, Van Vleet noted that the district has identified a disproportionate number of black students as having emotional behavior disorder in 2022. Similarly, the district identified a disproportionate number of Black students as having a learning disability.

In other neighborhood news:

—The board heard from Superintendent Michael Johnson, who spoke about the district’s progress in meeting pre-determined benchmarks by demonstrating climate commitment in district schools.

—The board voted to approve the Head Start 2021-2022 annual report and several adjustments to the 2021-2022 budget.

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