MPS Budget Priority Discussions Held Thurs
Monday, February 18, 2008 9:35 AM

 It is MPS budget time again and you'll be hearing lots of ideas floating around in the next couple of weeks. Minneapolis Public Schools is facing a $13 million budget shortfall for the 2008-09 school year and the Board of Education will be considering recommendations to close that gap over the next couple of weeks.

A small part of the savings will come from moving the start and end times of Lake Harriet and Whittier schools. That change is estimated to save a half million dollars in transportation costs.

You can listen to or watch Chief Financial Officer Peggy Ingison's Feb. 12 budget presentation to the school board on replay on cable channel 15 or go to the Board of Education's website and click on the audio or video streaming links.

Another way to follow this issue and give your input on District budget priorities is to attend Thursday's Area C meeting. It will be held at Jefferson School, 1200 West 26th St., from 6:30-8:30pm. Agenda items include:
1) A speaker highlighting the reasons for parent involvement,
2) A discussion of examples of different types of parent involvement, and
3) a process for extracting parent priorities for the budget.

For school by school budget comparisons, please see the 2007-08 MPS supplemental budget link on the advocacy page on the Lake Harriet Community School website. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Ahndi Fridell (District Parent Advisory Council representative) at