A Message from Dr. Demond A. Means, Superintendent of Schools
Public education is a complex and labor-intensive industry. Often, the complexity of public education is rooted in the philosophical juxtaposition of managing ever shrinking fiscal resources (due to unforgiving state-imposed revenue limits) with the expanding academic, social and emotional needs of the children we serve daily. The path of least resistance is to simply ignore the mounting needs of children by refusing to deploy the requisite personnel and materials required to best serve the children of the Mequon-Thiensville School District in the name of fiscal limitations.
The other option is to continuously seek to discover available revenue within existing financial resources to fiscally support an enterprise that has become increasingly expensive to function at the expected level of our community annually. In order to fulfill our commitment of serving all students, the administrative leadership team of the Mequon-Thiensville School District has devised budget initiatives grounded in the district's Strategic Plan, Equity Non-negotiables and Academic Milestones.
The recommended initiatives are essential for the Mequon-Thiensville School District to continue to meet our mission statement of maximizing the academic achievement and personal growth of all students so they have the skills necessary to meet the challenges of a changing global environment. Each of the new budget initiatives is also aligned to the school district’s Strategic Plan. The initiatives allow the Mequon-Thiensville School District to continue to fulfill its vision of remaining an exemplary educational leader that supports and challenges all students to achieve their full potential.
Simply put, the initiatives are essential to our school district remaining one of Wisconsin’s best 4K-12 public school districts. The initiatives allow MTSD to accomplish its moral obligation of meeting the needs of all children.
The standard that Horace Mann established for public education is a lofty and valuable goal. Horace Mann said, “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” These initiatives are our best effort to provide educational opportunities in an equitable and intentional method in order to meet the needs of all children.
Budget Initiatives were presented to the Board of Education in February. Board members will vote on the Budget Initiatives at the March 20 Board of Education meeting. Board of Education meeting schedule and information.
2017-18 Proposed Budget Initiatives