MHSD reviews past school year, establishes priorities for the future – Arkansas News

MHSD reviews past school year, establishes priorities for the future – Arkansas News

BILLY JEAN LOUIS , blouis@baxterbulletin.com
Published 4:03 p.m. CT June 27, 2017 | Updated 21 hours ago

After looking into the district’s expenditures and revenues, board members of the Mountain Home School District agreed to finalize the district’s 2017-18 budget early this year, giving school officials a board-approved budget prior to any spending taking place.

This is the first time the district has approved its budget before the fiscal year begins. Typically, it approves the budget at the September board meeting once final allocations are set.

Board members made the decision June 20 during the annual work session. The district normally uses the yearly work-session as a chance to review the past school year and establish priorities for the future.

Because the budget is based on projected revenues, any modifications discovered once those final numbers come in will be taken to the board for any needed budget amendments. 

“It requires us to be mindful of the budget we’ve been given prior to any spending,” Dr. Jake Long, Superintendent for Mountain Home School District, told The Bulletin Monday afternoon.

During that same meeting, the district conducted a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis. The analysis, often used in businesses and organizations to generate reflective conversations about an organization’s performance, helped the district discover its strengths.
 
The first one is how successful the district’s focus on technology has been, Long said….

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