School District Asking for Public Input on FY19 Budget


The Washoe County School District is asking the community to participate in a survey about next fiscal year’s budget and has scheduled a series of community forums on the topic starting next month.

The survey is available online in English and Spanish until Jan. 2 and results will be shared with trustees when budget talks start in February.


Traci Davis
Traci Davis

“This is a critical part of our mission to keep the public apprised with accurate information about our funding, budget process, and the challenges we face in deciding where money should be directed to support our educational goals,” Superintendent Traci Davis said in a statement. “This is a complicated process, and it’s important for members of our community to be aware of where we are in that process, and how decisions could affect them and their families.”

The survey asks for input regarding budget priorities and possible cost reduction measures in both instruction and operations, and is anonymous. Respondents will be asked for general demographic information, but have the option to decline to provide it.

“This survey offers students, families, staff members, and any other member of the community with an opportunity to learn about the budget and the decisions we will make going forward,” district Chief Financial Officer Mark Mathers said in a statement. “We look forward to hearing their feedback, because that’s an important part of our budget process.”

Five community forums to discuss the 2018-19 budget are scheduled as follows:

  • 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Traner Middle School, 1700 Carville Drive
  • 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Double Diamond Elementary School, 1200 South Meadows Pkwy.
  • 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24, Caughlin Ranch Elementary School, 4885 Village Green Pkwy.
  • 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Incline Middle School, 931 Southwood Blvd., Incline Village
  • 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8, Sun Valley Elementary School, 5490 Leon Drive, Sun Valley
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