Originally, Plainfield School District stated in an electronic newsletter that its board would hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Well, you'll have to get up a bit earlier to make this meeting.
The board will hold its meeting at 7 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 11) at the district administrative center, 15732 Howard St.
The agenda includes a 2010-11 proposed budget study session; discussion about the deficit reduction process including the possibility of forming a Citizens Advisory Committee.
The board will also discuss priorities and parameters to guide the budget deficit reduction process.
At that meeting, the board plans to discuss what they would be willing to cut in the budget for the 2011-2012 school year. The district is expecting a deficit of about $7.5 million in June.
Superintendent John Harper told the board he needs marching orders on what the board wants regarding the upcoming budget cuts. He asked for five to eight parameters that can drive the work as administration puts together a budget for next school year.
"Tell me if you want fees to be touched. Tell me if class size should not be touched. ... AP classes," Harper said last month. "If the board can help me, give me the priorities, it will guide the work and I think the product will be a good one."
The board will also discuss if the district should form a Citizens Advisory Council.
Harper recommended forming a council that would be composed of residents with financial expertise and community members invested in curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular programs.
The council would include Harper, district finance administrators and one board member.
The group would meet seven consecutive Thursdays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 18, with a presentation to the board Nov. 22, offering suggestions on what the board could possibly cut in administrative costs, operations, instructional and co-curricular and extracurricular programs.
The meeting is open to the public so bring some coffee or whatever else you need to get to this very early meeting.
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