State of the District Speech to Focus on Finances, Programming

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

Taylor Elementary School fifth grade teacher Stace (cq) James talks to her students as they write the Taylor Tiger Pledge on the first day of classes at the school Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Finances, enrollment and education programs are on the agenda for a State of the District meeting Friday morning.

All eyes are on the district after Monday's school board meeting. That's when the board learned funds are running low.

"We have sufficient revenue, we could run the existing program next year and still have revenue. But as we forecast out two, three and four years, we need to make decisions today that hopefully influence the position we'll be in, in years," said Superintendent Dr. Dave Benson.

Friday's State of the District speech will be the first one in many years. It's one effort to keep the community updated on what's going on.

Superintendent Benson said the district would begin the budgeting process for the 2013/2014 school year after the upcoming winter break. He said a lot of factors go into the decision on future cuts.

"We have a legislative session that will interplay into that. We have our priorities that we move forward on budget, so everything is kind of yet to come," Dr. Bendon said.

The State of the District Event begins at 7:30 on Friday at the Educational Leadership and Support Center at 2500 Edgewood Rd. NW. The event is open to the public.

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