Riverside-Brookfield High School District 208 Superintendent Kevin Skinkis and other top school officials will speak at two Parent Teacher Organization meetings this week to inform the community of the district’s financial situation and seek input as officials begin the process of creating next year’s budget.
On Tuesday night, Jan. 17, Skinkis will speak at S.E. Gross Middle School, 3524 Maple Ave. in Brookfield, and on Thursday night, Jan. 19, he will be at R.J. Hauser Junior High School, 65 Woodside Road in Riverside.
Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m., and all members of the public are invited to attend. Skinkis will speak in February at Komarek School in North Riverside.
Some District 208 school board members, including President Matt Sinde, will also be at the meetings. Skinkis and the school’s interim chief financial officer, Tim McGinnis, are expected to handle the bulk of the presentation. School officials will also be seeking ideas from the community.
“The board wants to make sure people are aware of what budget issues we have coming up in the next school year,” Sinde said. “Additionally, we want to solicit ideas from them. At the meeting, Kevin will announce an email address that people can send ideas to.”
RBHS is running an operating deficit of about $900,000 this year, and Skinkis has said that he wants to make significant budget cuts next year, of between $1.5 million and $2 million.
“The goals of this meeting are to, more or less, inform the community and parents on how the budget-building process for the high school works,” Skinkis said.
Skinkis said that he is looking for feedback from parents about what to prioritize when looking at potential budget cuts.