Please find Howland School's response to the voluntary state audit report released today (4 days earlier than expected). Findings in this report are not necessarily a surprise, as we have been working to reduce costs over the past few years and seeking additional insight and recommendations when comparing enrollment numbers and the staffing required to provide the best educational value our Howland residents expect for our students and community. Importantly, we have already been made aware of the recommendations with the understanding that these are comparisons in numbers only, without taking into consideration the number of buildings in the district, the cultural and curricular expectations from our community, and the fact that there are collective bargaining requirements in place that work to maintain smaller class sizes and community interests to maintain fine and performing arts in our schools. Finally, the state auditor was able to remove the recommendation to seek an operating levy to replace the loss of revenue from Tangible Personal Property taxes no longer being collected for the District. Please refer to the District responses linked below for preliminary clarification to today’s release. Additional information to follow. Thank you for your continued support and trust in what we are working to do to make our schools healthy by operating efficiently without impacting students. Please click here to read the full response to the report.