One of the toughest challenges in public education is managing a small school district. Many budget cuts instituted on a statewide level affect both large and small districts alike. However, while some larger districts feel the hurt from a 10% cut in their budget, just imagine how much that 10% can affect a small school district that was already operating on a paltry budget to begin with. Many of the education reforms and policy changes that have been identified as catalyst for growth and change within education sometimes require a large operating budget. This, when applied to a large district with more resources, can be difficult, but when you try to install such programs in a small school district the costs can dwarf their means.
From Indiana to Colorado, Idaho to Wisconsin, small school districts are feeling the crunch with shrinking budgets. Attempts are being made at propositioning levies, raising taxes, and finding alternatives to what districts are used to receiving from state budgets. Wherever we look across the country small school districts are struggling to keep up. So how are schools supposed to focus on education reform and classroom improvements with an ever-shrinking budget? How can small school districts do their part to help their states win grant money from programs like Obama’s Race to the Top initiative (which encourages states to compete with each other to qualify for $75-700 million dollars) without the means to implement the reforms required in the qualifying criteria?
Companies like Novachi, a free and completely dynamic cloud-based application designed for schools large and small, public and private, provide solutions for those districts and schools who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Novachi was developed in a time of economic unrest to combat the problems of shrinking school budgets. Their product, which manages student information data and facilitates online learning management, is offered completely free to any school or district in the United States.
In an age where everything is moving into the digital spectrum, how can schools afford to fall behind? Our nation’s children have adopted the internet and all its applications as part of their world. Savvy students know their future requires them to have an intimate understanding of a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected. Our schools can’t afford to be left behind for the sake of our children, but they also can’t afford to pay to implement the necessary improvements.
Small school districts no longer need to worry about where they are going to get the funds for their Student Information System (SIS), or Learning Management System (LMS). The tools for success are available free of charge to all educators at www.novachi.com