Be operationally efficient, always respecting our tax payers. And invest our funds wisely for lasting excellence.
As a school board director, I understand the importance of having operationally efficient schools. In today’s challenging economic environment, it is essential that we make the most of our resources and use them in the most effective and efficient way possible. As chair of the Board’s Finance Committee, I have a strong understanding of the constraints on our finances and the levers that we must pull to deliver world class schools at a reasonable cost.
Our district has been well-funded by our community. With an annual budget of over $100 million and 4,000 students, UCF spends approximately $25,000 per student each year, which is at about the 80th percentile among all Pennsylvania school districts. To keep that trust I support limiting budget increases to the Act 1 index. As a result, we must evaluate all expenses carefully, communicate our decisions transparently, and direct funds to where they are needed the most. During the next four years, it will be critical to prioritize investments in our academics and our teachers, and to avoid ‘nice to have’ projects that don’t advance our core mission.
Another important aspect of operational efficiency is the use of technology. By implementing technology systems such as PowerSchool and Canvas, we have streamlined processes and increased efficiency. Additionally, we should be constantly looking for new technologies that can help us improve our operations, whether it be in the classroom, on the administrative side, or in our facilities.
Having operationally efficient schools is essential in our current economic environment. By prioritizing academics, taking advantage of technology and carefully evaluating new programs, we can ensure that our schools are running in the most effective and efficient way possible.