School board holds public retreat |

School board holds public retreat

The Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education will meet today at Embassy Suites Resort to discuss building efficiency, vision and decision- making.

The retreat, which is open to the public and begins at noon, has agenda items such as building a consensus on “LTUSD leadership dialogue tools,” building a checklist of board meeting efficiencies and defining and bringing to consensus governance team core values/beliefs.

“We’ve been dealing with trying to set a vision and we had to take care of other things, modernization, etc.,” said Lennie Schwartz, board president. “Tomorrow we will be finalizing this board vision and beliefs and we will then come out with those statements. Those will then be the guiding forces behind what we do as a school district.”

The board approved the 2001-02 budget Tuesday.

Last year’s revenue equaled $38.3 million while expenditures came to $37.6 — an increase to the 2000-01 budget numbers, when revenues equaled $36.9 million and expenditures were $35.4 million, said Diane Head, chief financial officer for the district.

Expenditures for salaries were down 18 percent, in part because of teacher layoffs stemming from declining enrollment, as well as the percentage for books and supplies. Workers’ compensation expenditures rose 29 percent.

Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn and Assistant Superintendent Barbara Davis will travel to Sacramento on Friday to learn how the recently approved state budget will affect LTUSD.

District officials, through preliminary numbers, believe enrollment to be down about 100 students.

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