Presentation on theme: "Hamden Public Schools Superintendents 2014-2015 Recommended Budget Presented by Fran Rabinowitz, Superintendent of Schools January 28, 2014 Hamden High."— Presentation transcript:
Hamden Public Schools Superintendents Recommended Budget Presented by Fran Rabinowitz, Superintendent of Schools January 28, 2014 Hamden High School student Aakshi Agarwal (2 nd to last row, 1 st on right) met with President Obama at the White House, as a National finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS Science Competition in Washington, D.C.
Frances M. Rabinowitz, Superintendent of Schools Christopher Melillo, Assistant Superintendent Michael Belden, Chief Operating Officer January 28, 2014 Dear Board of Education Members, It is my privilege to submit the Superintendent s proposed budget. Again this year, it is very difficult to assemble an operating budget in light of continued current economic conditions at the national, state and local levels. As an advocate for the educational needs of our children, I have done my best to acknowledge the continued fiscal challenges while seeking to move our district forward. I am proposing a 3.8% increase over last year s budget, which is almost entirely comprised of contractual obligations. Only a very small portion of the requested increase is devoted to program needs, most notably, implementation of literacy curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards. Clearly, Hamden Public Schools has been operating on a very conservative budget. Please keep in mind that in the last three (3) fiscal years, the budget increases have been 0.99%,1.5% and 1.37%. Over the past 7 years, I have done my best to provide Hamden with fiscally responsible budgets, which have moved the district forward. However, it is also my responsibility to propose enhancements to our educational programs, some of which will require additional resources. For example, for all of our students to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards, we must provide them with new resources that target these standards and that our staff have additional skills and understanding to meet the diverse needs of our learners. It is imperative to the health of our community that Hamden be an educational leader, developing students who achieve to their highest potential. The administration looks forward to responding to questions from the Board of Education and the public as we complete the budget process.
John Keegan, Chairperson Hamden Public Schools Board of Education Members Adam Sendroff, Secretary Lynn Campo Christopher Daur John DeRosa Christopher Honnen David Pecoraro Arturo Perez-Cabella Valarie Stone Goal: To eliminate the racial and socioeconomic disparities in achievement across all domains while significantly improving all students performance Eliza Kanner & Jordan White, Student Representatives
Continuation of 2013 State Mandates Common Core Curriculum Teacher Evaluation State-Required Computerized Assessments (SBAC) Replacing CMT/CAPT New Security Measures
Strategic savings help us to meet mandates with minimal increases in the budget Strategic Savings Continued Energy Cost Savings –Fuel Cell, Building Automation Upgrades and Lighting System Upgrades Contract Negotiations ERIP in Adding internal capacity for special education services to reduce the number of costly out-of-district placements Changes to insurance platforms for teachers, clerical, paraprofessionals and administrators (savings of $1.2million annually)
Discretionary Budget Increases ObjectDescriptionProposed 325Curriculum Development$16, Property Services$25, Water$ Repair and Maintenance Bldgs$ Printing$12, Tuition – Public Schools$18, Tuition – Non-Public$34, Electricity$63, Sewer Use Fees$2, Textbooks$182, Instructional Software$61, Non-Instructional Software$14,985 Other Misc. Lines$1,109 REDUCTIONS-$64,423 TOTAL$372,281 Note: All possible reductions were made across programs and line items, resulting in a $64,423 decrease and minimizing the total amount requested.
Non-Discretionary Budget Increases ObjectDescriptionProposed 111Central Office Salaries$99, Directors Salaries$7, Teachers Salaries$1,500, School Nurse Salaries$44, Clerical Salaries$79, Aide Salaries$593, Custodian Salaries$38, Maintenance Salaries$12, Lunch Aide Salaries$10, School Climate Advisors$54, Security/Residency/Attendance$2, CMERS$190, FICA ER Expense$34, Medicare ER Expense$57,299 Note: All possible reductions were made across programs and line items, resulting in a 274,050 decrease and minimizing the total amount needed for non-discretionary expenses.
Non-Discretionary Budget Increases (continued) ObjectDescriptionProposed 400Property Services$95, Transportation Public$71, Transportation – Diesel Fuel$14, Transportation - Non Public$29, Transportation - Sp. Ed.$34, Other Sp. Ed. Transportation$23, Transportation - Athletics$3,021 Other Misc. Lines$750 REDUCTIONS- $274,050 TOTAL$2,720,599 Note: All possible reductions were made across programs and line items, decrease and resulting in a 274,050 minimizing the total amount needed for non-discretionary expenses.
New and Expanded Initiatives K-6 Literacy Curriculum aligned to CCSS $248,000 –Non-fiction books –Professional Development Open HCLC to Other Districts –Provide a regional alternative middle and high school on a tuition basis to area districts Special Ed $150,000 –Increases internal capacity, includes 2 special education teachers and 2 paraprofessionals NEASC $25,000 (plus capital funds)
District Priorities not Included in the Proposed Budget Textbooks for approved curricula in multiple subjects Security guard at entry to HMS Nursing supervisor World Language instruction at elementary level Technology –Additional devices to increase student access –Display devices for instruction –Inter-active boards Athletics –New weight-room equipment for HHS & HMS –New artificial turf field at HHS –Athletic trainer/strength coach Updated tests for PPS Additional instructional materials – all schools Data dashboard
Stresses on the Operating Budget CMERS Common Core State Standards Implementation SBAC Overcrowding at Spring Glen & Shepherd Glen
Summary Proposed budget of $84,492,879 Proposed budget reflects a 3.8% budget increase from ($3,092,879) –Nearly all of this proposed increase is due to contractual obligations, with only a small amount for programs (Implementation of CCSS in literacy, special education and NEASC)