Special Letter from the Superintendent
parents, students, teachers, principals, staff
and citizens of Duval County:
For the past four years, we have had to cut a
significant amount from our annual budget, and this year
will be no different. A reduction of up to $75-$89 million
is now anticipated for the 2011-12 school year.
Student achievement remains our highest
priority, and we will continue to do everything we can
to save revenue while keeping our focus on the
classroom, but it is not possible to have this loss of
revenue each year without impacting our students.
As a school district, we must be fiscally
responsible and have a balanced budget. Unfortunately we
cannot absorb this amount in our current budget, and are
in the process of compiling a prioritized list of
potential cuts. This information will be distributed to
our schools, staff and School Board, as well as the
We need your help to engage our governor and
legislature to minimize the cuts to public education as
much as possible. The Duval County School Board and I
have joined our counterparts across Florida, as well as
teacher organizations, PTAs and others, to ask state
legislators for decisive action that will limit the
impact of the current economic crisis on public
Parents, DCPS’ employees and citizens are being
asked to contact legislators and make their priorities
known to these decision makers.
During a tough financial climate for the state,
the district understands the constraints that our
legislators are under to provide a balanced budget.
www.duvalschools.org for a list of our legislative
priorities we would like for you to review.
After reviewing, please contact your
legislators to make the Duval County Public Schools
Legislative Agenda a priority during the 2011
We appreciate and thank you for your continued
service on behalf of Duval County Public Schools' students.