BC forming 'Budget Think Tank'

Tebbano said he hopes the Think Tanks sessions will be different from the community budget forums, where much of the time is spent telling the public the district's position and ideas for the budget. Instead, the Think Tank will hopefully be a place where ideas can flow more freely and everyone's thoughts can receive due consideration.

Possible topics will include the district's use of facilities and the possibility of combining them to save money, instructional restructuring, energy efficiencies and contractual matters. The committee won't be involved in any contract negotiations, though.

Tebbano acknowledged keeping such a large group on task while leaving the process open might be a challenge.

"I'm hoping that we're going to be able to structure our meetings in such a way where people will have a voice, where there's an agenda we're going to stick to," he said.

The first Think Tank meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the district offices. The group will meet monthly during the fall and winter.

The meetings will be open to the public and there will be a portion of the meeting dedicated to public comment, but like at Board of Education meetings, the rest of the agenda will involve discussion between committee members.""

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