We are now in the season of negotiations and district budgets. The legislature failed to fund any increase in the WPU or any money for the growth (estimated at 11,000 new students) this year. Early numbers are showing our districts will lose close to 5% of funding. A big loss was a change in the way social security and retirement is being reimbursed. Of a $2.3 million dollar reduction that Ogden is looking at, $1.8 Million of that is a reduction in social security and retirment payments. It will be a difficult year for negotiations again. Weber's team consists of Marlene Irons, Shari Combe, Kirk Ottley, Lee Claycomb, and Terie Maxfield. Ogden's team consists of Doug Stephens, Lisa Vipperman, Whit Freund, Sherrie Dame. I serve on both teams also.
Our first meetings are coming up in the next couple of weeks.