"I believe we have developed a budget that is student-focused and reflects the values of the PISD community," Superintendent of Schools Charles Dupre said.
"PISD continues to grow, and we will add about 500 new students in 2011-12.
The cut in state funding basically means we won't receive additional money for those new students."
Although the District
faced the added challenge of preparing for less money from the state, it proceeded with its yearly budget building process, working with each campus and department to develop PISD's budget.
"Each year we scrub the budget, evaluate positions and programs, and do our best to ensure everything we do is focused on student achievement and providing adequate support for students and staff," Dupre
"The 2010-11 school year was unique to say the least.
The process of developing a budget for a district our size takes months of work, even in a regular year," Dupre
We heard loud and clear from parents, teachers and campus administrators that class size was the top priority," Dupre
"Although a move to a smaller venue was considered, an unintended consequence of such a move would be limiting the number of people who could attend the event," Dupre
"PISD graduations average between 6,000 and 7,000 attendees, including proud family members and supportive community members.
At the end of the day, the idea of spending a little more on graduation expenses rather than limiting each graduate to six or seven guests at the capstone event of their K-12 school seems like the right decision."
will also continue its aggressive energy conservation program, which has saved PISD nearly $500,000 in the last three years.
"We ask all our employees to do their part to turn off lights, computers, and be conscious of their energy consumption," Dupre