How Education Leaders are Achieving Their Goals: Financial Efficiency
Planning your school budget with community input
Highline School District seeks input on $299M bond
After failing to pass a bond for ten years, and with $299M on the line, Washington’s Highline Public Schools needed to figure out how to get a bond passed.
Community members needed more information to support the bond. And with the district’s outdated infrastructure and buildings, they were concerned about school safety.
Catherine Carbone Rogers,
CCO, Highline Public Schools
Summaries feature gives a snapshot of topics to explore further
Passing your bond or levy efficiently
When state funding falls short, districts rely on bonds and levies to improve their facilities, programs, and services. But with factors like ongoing tax increases, some districts are failing to pass bonds. For example, in one year Minnesota school districts experienced a 75% failure rate.
Passing a bond referendum is up to your community. Establishing trust and transparency is essential for increasing public confidence in your strategic direction. When constituents share their thoughts and are confident you’ve heard them, your bond or levy process becomes more efficient, saving your district time and money.
Spokane Public Schools passes $495M bond
Dr. Shelley Redinger,
former Superintendent, Spokane Public Schools
Ratings feature promotes agility
Enhancing facilities and school improvement planning with community trust
Need to improve your school facilities? Get your district’s input for a successful plan. Their participation isn’t only essential for budgets and bonds, it’s also a “core resource for whole school improvement.”
ThoughtExchange helps you build your community’s trust. Ask them what they want and need and make improvements based on their input.
Evanston/Skokie unveils 5th Ward school plans
Dr. Devon Horton, Superintendent,
Evanston/Skokie School District 65
Differences feature reveals common ground
Common ground is essential for your plan’s success. The Differences feature helps you find it.
For Evanston/Skokie, participants disagreed about building a new school, with some participants concerned about paying more taxes. However, both sides agreed that all schools should be safe and accessible. By sharing what it would cost to make all existing schools safe and accessible, and clarifying that building a new school would be cost-neutral, D65 would get the school built.
Optimizing your district’s financial efficiency with ThoughtExchange
Whether your district is working to plan school budgets, pass a bond, or improve facilities, you’ll want to hear from the people who matter most.
With unique features like Summaries for a snapshot of issues to explore, Ratings for agile budget planning, and Differences to identify common ground, ThoughtExchange helps education leaders uncover their district’s needs, and implement more efficient financial plans.