Shaping a New WSBA — May 23 Update
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The Board of Governors met for a special public board meeting on May 22 to continue its work in light of the fact that WSBA faces a 28 percent reduction in license fees starting in 2013.
The Board continues to weigh all decisions it makes against the WSBA’s mission and guiding principles, which they recommitted to at the April BOG meeting.
Based on the recent completion of a more comprehensive fiscal analysis, they are mindful of not cutting too deep too fast, and maintaining a more thoughtful and deliberate approach to transforming the organization. Over the next couple of years, this process will involve drawing down reserves, bringing the organization’s expenses into alignment with its reduced revenues, as well as finding operational efficiencies, program reductions and implementing strategic restructuring.
The meeting began with the Board first deciding its approach would be to employ a mix of cuts to expenditures and use of unrestricted reserve funds in FY13 to help transition the organization into a new reduced revenue model. This decision is based on a premise that license fees will not increase significantly (or at all) anytime in the near future.
With the decisions made by the Board of Governors that are outlined above, the staff Executive Management Team is now working to complete staffing models that have been under development. Those will be presented at the June and July BOG meetings. Importantly, the decisions made at this meeting as well as the April meeting, did not close the gap in expense reductions needed as WSBA heads into FY13. The remainder of cuts will be through reductions in direct expenses and staffing. Some positions will be eliminated as a result of Tuesday’s decisions and others will be eliminated or reduced as a result of additional operational efficiencies and strategic realignments needed to close this gap.
More updates on WSBA’s transformational progress will be provided following the board meeting scheduled for June 8 in Yakima.
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