Park City School District will hold a town meeting January 14, 2009, at 6:00 pm in the lecture hall at the high school to preview the 2010 legislative session. School district officials will be discussing the implications of state budget shortfalls and legislative bills that may impact public education in Park City.

The Legislature is facing a budget deficit of $850 million or more. Such a huge shortfall is likely to reach all the way into Park City classrooms. District Business Administrator Patty Murphy will talk about the current District budget situation, how deep future cuts may be, and where they may have to be made.

Each year the Legislature considers on average about 100 bills dealing with education in the State of Utah. Many of those bills fine tune public school operations and don’t have a major impact on day-to-day teaching. Others, however, can and do affect our children’s learning. Superintendent Ray Timothy will review some of the more important bills of this year’s session.

Of particular concern to Summit County schools is Representative Merlynn Newbold’s bill Amendments to Education Financing (not yet numbered). The bill has the potential to force schools in Summit County to reduce their budget or increase their taxes by close to $1,000,000 each year. School Finance Specialist Patrick Ogden will explain the bill.

The District will also explain ways citizens can track bills, follow the legislative session, and contact legislators.

School board members and district officials will be following the upcoming law making session closely. They encourage Park City school district residents and taxpayers to stay informed of the issues and impacts of the upcoming legislative session.