School is nearly over for the year in District 861, but the School Board will have plenty of work to do this summer as it contemplates the 2013-2014 budget. On Thursday, the board is expected to be presented with preliminary budget figures during its meeting at 6 p.m. at Winona City Hall.
In addition to the 2013-2014 budget, over the next year the board is also expected to grapple with reducing the following year's budget by at least $750,000. The actual budget reduction needed relies in part on the outcome of union negotiations, expected to begin in the coming weeks.
Thursday, School Board members will also receive updated information on school programs to serve children with mental illnesses and those suffering from addiction, as well as a proposal that would create a partnership between the district's Birth to Grade Three initiative and the Champion Community Project. The Champion project is a partnership between the Winona County Task Force for the Primary Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence and the group Beyond Tough Guise. In joining with the Birth to Grade Three Initiative, the Champion project would work to build curricula for early childhood care providers that would cover topics such as: mandated abuse reporting requirements, how to talk to children about gender, sexual development of young children, bullying and signs of sexual aggression, discipline, effective toys and games, and young children and electronic media, among other topics. The groups would seek outside funding, and the preliminary budget is expected to be $6,000.
The board is also expected to discuss the method to be used for Superintendent Scott Hannon's performance evaluation.