Small District Budget Crisis

~45 minutes

This simulation involves a new superintendent taking over a small school district that happens to be the primary employer in the community. When a budget shortfall is discovered, the superintendent must decide which resources to involve in the resolution while balancing transparency and strategy among key constituencies. Decide which conditions warrant more persistence versus flexibility while keeping the focus on students.

Key characters include a union rep, board coach, board member

Trade-offs to consider:

  • Considering the needs of specific community members while deciding what is in the best interest of students
  • To what degree can you balance transparency and confidentiality

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Created in partnership with Rocky Mountain College