2023 Community Task Force
The Task Force
The Mequon-Thiensville School District (MTSD) has assembled a community task force to assess budget shortfalls, evaluate the top alternatives from a recent analytical process, and suggest prioritized solutions for current and future budget deficits to the MTSD Board of Education and administration.
The 2023 Community Task Force will meet this fall to engage in its review with the goal of presenting recommendations to the Board of Education and administration by early December. All task force meetings will take place in the Range Line Community Center Conference Room at 11040 N. Range Line Rd., and are open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend and observe.
The Budget Crisis
The state of Wisconsin continues to provide school districts with inadequate sustainable funding and the Mequon-Thiensville School District is forced to do more with less as we work hard to provide the programming and resources our students deserve and provide the excellent educational experience that our community expects.
For the school year, MTSD is managing a budget deficit of $1.4 million. Based on conservative assumptions, the projected deficits in the MTSD for the 2024-25 and 2025-26 school years are over $2 million and over $3 million dollars respectively. These assumptions and projected deficits take into account the state-level funding that was recently granted to public school districts as part of the Wisconsin state biennial budget process for 2023-25.
Why a Task Force?
The Mequon-Thiensville School District has a history of engaging the community through ad-hoc committee structures that explore districtwide issues. Individuals outside of the organization’s structure drive the work of such a task force or committee. In 2004, 2007, 2014, 2019, and again in 2021, the District utilized a task force structure, comprised of a diverse group of community stakeholders, to examine issues ranging from school closures, school boundary adjustments, cost savings in the areas of transportation, co-curricular activities, and reconfiguration of schools, to developing a recommendation(s) for how to financially sustain the quality of the District.
Pictured above: A meeting of the 2021 Elementary School Boundary Adjustment Task Force.
During a special business meeting on October 5, 2023, the Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education authorized Superintendent Dr. Matthew Joynt to form an independent community task force, with the following charge: The 2023 MTSD Community Task Force shall review the current and projected budget shortfalls, consider the Board’s highest ranked alternatives from the recently completed decision analysis, and make prioritized recommendations to the administration and School Board delineating solutions to the budget deficit.
The use of a task force will empower an external, non-elected committee to devote the time and expertise required for meaningful community engagement, which will equip the Board and administration with a recommendation(s) to address the stated charge.
The Task Force will conduct a total of four meetings to gather information, ask questions, consider options, and ultimately draft a report detailing the final recommendation of the task force to the MTSD Board of Education and administration during the Board’s working board meeting on Monday, December 4, 2023.
In alignment with Board Policy 6210: Fiscal Management, District officials closely monitor past, current, and projected financial conditions to maintain a long-range fiscal plan that supports the needs of the school district. The following timeline of events describes the steps that have been taken by the District and the Board of Education in monitoring and planning for the 2023-24 school year budget deficit in the MTSD.
- November 2022 - In anticipation of the important biennial State budget, the MTSD BOE updated its legislative platform position on public school funding, including support for annual increases in per-pupil categorical aid at a rate at least indexed to inflation. The District then formally began its legislative advocacy efforts.
- November 2022 - April 2023 - The Board and administration engaged in the annual school district budget development process, in preparation for the 2023 Annual School District Meeting and Budget Hearing. Meanwhile, school officials continued to inform the community and local legislators of the critical need for more public school funding.
- July 5, 2023 - Governor Evers signed the 2023-25 state biennial budget into law which includes disproportionate funding for school districts throughout Wisconsin and has resulted in one of the most inequitable biennial budgets approved to date.
- July 24, 2023 - Held school district’s Annual Meeting where the community certified the tax levy. The 2023-24 budget presented to the community included a deficit and the use of Fund Balance and Fund 46 to manage the budget shortfall for the near term.
- September 2023 - Conducted the annual “Third Friday Count” to determine student enrollment as submitted to the state for funding formulas.
Questions about the 2023 Community Task Force or MTSD Budget Process?
Contact the District office on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling 262-238-8500 or email us any time at: email@example.com
Task Force Website Last Updated on:
Monday, November 6, 2023