The Methow Valley School District urges everyone in the community to provide feedback about the superintendent’s conclusions from discussions with teachers, students and community members and about the goals he is proposing for the district.

There is also an opportunity for people to make suggestions about how the district should spend its money. While roughly 83 percent of the $7 million budget is spent on staff salaries and benefits and another 5 to 7 percent may be reserved for unforeseen expenses, the district wants input on how the remaining 10 to 12 percent is allocated. That input can include suggestions for eliminating or expanding existing programs or proposing completely new ideas for the district, according to Superintendent Tom Venable.

A copy of the superintendent’s “Springboard Report to the Community” was mailed to every boxholder in the Methow Valley in February. It is also available on the district’s website at methow.org (follow the link to “Superintendent’s Community Report” at the end of the Springboard Report section). There is a survey on the website to provide feedback on the superintendent’s report. People can also email Venable with comments on the district’s goals at tvenable@methow.org.

Another form can be downloaded from the website’s home page for people to make budget suggestions (“Community Request Form”).

The district is requesting that people return the completed budget forms for the district office by March 24 and would like feedback on goals by the end of the month.

For more information, call 996-9205.