There is a storm coming. That’s the caption for the picture above, and in my province, its assumed that, for us in education, a storm is coming this spring in the form of budget cuts. We are going to be forced to do more with less in our buildings and this definitely puts a strain on administrators as they plan for the coming school year. Sacrifices will have to be made, and the effects will be felt by all. It’s not a pleasant time for anyone. Conversations may venture into the areas of what programs should be cut or projects scrapped.
That is where this post is aimed. It has been common practice in the past to look at what we can’t do when the money is not there. The budget is cut, the money is stretched as far as it will go, and buildings go into survival mode. What often suffers is the projects a building, a division, or even a province is undertaking. There was talk about significant curriculum change for our province and now there are rumours that those changes will be shelved for now due to the budget constraints. I understand why these decisions are made, but I can’t say I agree.
We are not at a time in education where waiting for money is an option. Now is the time for continued and necessary change to our education system. The easy answer has been the shelving of our projects or scrapping of our plans because we can’t afford them. Doing this again will only have us fall further behind in the change process. We all know we owe it to our students to keep on the path and not waiver no matter what the concern. Change is not an option, change is a necessity.
Which brings me to my point. The most important part of change is your attitude towards change. Do you make it a priority even in the face of challenges? Do you adjust rather than scrap your plans when limitations are placed upon you and your school or division? Is change important enough to you and your staff that putting it off is simply not an option, and sacrifices are made in other places to ensure it’s continuity?
I know that in our building, we will continue working towards a better education for our students. Our job will then be to find ways to be creative, flexible and determined in our effort to continue the work with less resources. No doubt the harder way to proceed but the necessary one.
I know budget cuts for us are on the horizon, while many of you have been experiencing them for quite some time. How did you proceed when cuts were made? How did you continue to work towards change when you had less to work with? Did cuts result in difficulties when it came to trying new things and implementing new programs? As we see the storm coming, we know many of you have experience living through such storms and we would love to hear from you as we prepare.