Carson City school board to discuss tentative budget

The Carson City School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday will recognize three new Nationally Board Certified teachers, receive an update on the state of its insurance market and property and casualty program and hear a presentation on its tentative budget for fiscal year 2021-22, among other items.
Teachers Katheryn Brown, Alyssa Jensen and Jennifer Palmer will be recognized by Jennifer Chandler and Rachel Croft as NBCT teachers.
The board also will hear a presentation about the 2020-21 Measure of Academic Progress scores and grade distribution impacted by COVID-19 through that school year and the learning loss that made an significant effect on students’ ability to learn on their MAP assessments.
Addressing the learning loss is a step in helping to identify how students have performed in the past year and how grades have been distributed according to subpopulation in the first semester of the 2020-21 year in the secondary schools, according to staff reports. The analysis will reveal how to create a more solid summer learning program to better assist students who have fallen behind.
Also on the agenda is a presentation by Chief Financial Officer A.J. Feuling on the development of the tentative budget for the 2021-22 year.
Feuling previously explained the new funding formula, to be phased in for the 2021 biennium, would impact charter schools which have about 60,000 students enrolled in the state. He also stated districts would also not be assured to keep local sources of revenue.
The district also recently received word about federal stimulus funds such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Fund that expires in 2022 and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) I and GEER II, so new details were still expected to be forthcoming on these items as well.
The board also will hear an item on shifting all full-time online education for all grade levels to a consolidated site at Pioneer Academy for first through 12th grades. Pioneer Online Elementary School would focus on first through fifth grades, Pioneer Middle School would serve sixth through eighth grades and Pioneer High School would enroll students in ninth through 12th grades full-time online in the district. Applications could be submitted before April 23 to be considered on a first-come, first served waiting list. Anything received afterward would be placed on a waiting list.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday and can be watched online by going to the Carson School District website, www.carsoncityschools.com.

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