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1 Mendon-Upton Regional School District Operating Budget Request Fiscal Year 2010

2 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District2 Agenda Educational Funding Overview & Implications 2010 Budget Summary Cost Drivers Funding Sources Proposed Reductions District Comparisons Cost Control Measures Reduced Budget Impact Next Steps / Summary / Q & A

3 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District3March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District3 MA General Law Chapter 70 School Funds and State Aid for Public Schools Step 1: Foundation Budget The foundation budget is the minimum spending amount recommended per child under Massachusetts law. The foundation budget is computed using a district’s student enrollment and demographics, which include grade levels, low income status and English language proficiency. Each district has its own foundation budget, which is typically small; districts spend on average 118% of their calculated foundation budget.

4 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District4March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District4 MA General Law Chapter 70 School Funds and State Aid for Public Schools Step 2: Town’s Ability to Pay A target “minimum local contribution” is established based on a town's wealth (Mendon and Upton are calculated separately). Two measures of wealth are used: Aggregate property values Aggregate personal income levels FY10 foundation budget calculations use 2008 property values and 2006 income levels.

5 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District5March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District5 MA General Law Chapter 70 School Funds and State Aid for Public Schools Step 3: Proportion of State vs. Local Aid The target local share and target aid share for an individual town will vary in proportion to a town's wealth (as determined in step 2). The state’s average spending targets are as follows: State Aid: 41 percent (target aid share) Local Aid: 59 percent (target local share) Mendon’s and Upton’s target local share is now ~58-59%, matching the state average.

6 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District6March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District6 MA General Law Chapter 70 School Funds and State Aid for Public Schools Step 4: Transition to Target Local Share Mendon and Upton have historically had a low target local share (~40%), with the state providing a high aid share (~60%). That changed with the addition of personal income to the formula in Transition factors are used so that the shift to target levels will occur gradually over a period of several years.

7 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District7March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District7 Implications of Chapter 70 Changes The State is gradually decreasing the amount of aid it provides to our District, and the Chapter 70 formula calls for local town contributions to slowly increase until target levels (~59%) are reached. Local revenues remain constrained by Proposition 2½ and limited town growth. For FY10, the governor is proposing to level fund Chapter 70. As a result, the state is not providing its legally required minimum contribution to our District.

8 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District8

9 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District9March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District9 Regional Transportation Expenses Unlike non-regionalized districts, regional school districts in MA receive state reimbursement for transportation. Despite a cost increase of $48,600 for our District, FY10 state reimbursement is expected to be ~$112K less than FY09. After state reimbursement, the remaining cost of transportation is split between the two towns based on student population (per the terms of the regional agreement).

10 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District10 Budget Summary Mendon-Upton Regional Schools - FY09

11 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District11 Special Education Budget Personnel & Non-Personnel Expenses FY07 FY08 FY09 Salaries $2,805,765 $3,298,638 $3,467,687 Out of District Tuitions $787,353 $790,450 $1,250,000 Non-Salary Expenses $1,221,955 $1,117,256 $1,322,327 ( i.e. district programs, transportation, supplies, consultants) TOTAL $4,815,073 $5,206,344 $6,040,014 FY09 actual SPED costs are expected to exceed budget by ~$800K; FY10 budget is anticipated to be ~$6.84M (24% of total budget)

12 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District12March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District12 FY10 Level Service Budget Drivers Special Education $805,201 Personnel $757,529 Health Insurance (projected) $290,113 Transportation $ 48,600 Worcester County Retirement $ 39,164 Total Level Service Budget: $1,940,607 (+7.05%)

13 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District13March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District13 Proposed FY10 Budget (+3.88%) FY09: $27,511,832 FY10: $28,579,558 Increase: $ 1,067,726 (+3.88%) Funding needed: $187K – State/Stimulus $697K – Towns $190K – School District

14 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District14March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District14 Funding Sources - State Aid Chapter 70$12,546,934 0 Transportation$820,972$708, ,772 Total State Aid$13,367,906$13,255, ,772 FY09 BudgetFY10 Budget Change NOTES: The Governor’s House Bill 1 level funds Chapter 70 for school districts statewide. The District is expecting $299,755 from the Federal Stimulus Package to supplement this Chapter 70 aid and bring the state up to its legal foundation level.

15 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District15March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District15 Funding Sources Total Contribution - Upton Minimum Req’d$5,183,271$5,507,876+ $324,605 Transportation$454,234$637,537+ $183,303 Fixed Assets$61,115$61,271+ $156 Operational Additional Prior Overrides $1,005,659$822,200- $183,459 TOTAL$6,704,278$7,028,883+ $324,605 FY09 BudgetFY10 BudgetIncrease

16 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District16March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District16 Funding Sources Total Contribution - Mendon Minimum Req’d$4,266,161$4,639,144+ $372,983 Transportation$372,999$520,568+ $147,569 Fixed Assets$50,185$50,029- $156 Operational Additional Prior Overrides $825,808$671,351- $154,457 TOTAL$5,515,154$5,881,093+ $365,939 FY09 BudgetFY10 BudgetIncrease

17 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District17 Funding Sources - School District Contributions/Reimbursements FY09 BudgetFY10 BudgetIncrease Vision, SPED. Tuition, Interest $280,000$350,000$ 70,000 Net Choice $600,950$615,102$ 14,152 Net Charter - $56,456- $75,409- $18,953 E & D Appropriation $200,000 $ 0 Revolving Funds $250,000 $ 0 Circuit Breaker $600,000$700,000$100,000 Medicaid Reimbursement $ 50,000$ 75,000$ 25,000 TOTAL $1,924,494 $2,114,693 $190,199

18 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District18March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District18 Percentage of Total Budget From All Sources - FY10

19 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District19March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District19 FY10 Proposed Budget Reductions from Level Service Personnel (10 positions): Consolidation of SPED program (1) $56,000 Paraprofessionals (4) $95,000 Administrative Assistants (2) $51,575 Custodian (1) – attrition $50,272 Food Service (2) $26,663 Personnel Total: $279,510

20 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District20March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District20 FY10 Proposed Budget Reductions from Level Service Expenses : Retirement Offsets (6) $179,000 Utilities / Fuel Savings $150,000 General School Supplies $ 46,979 Maintenance Account$ 46,000 Athletics (supplies & freshmen sports) $ 34,000 Department Supplies (Nipmuc) $ 31,469 Stipends (7) $ 18,536 Late Bus $ 3,600 Expenses Total: $509,584

21 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District21 District Adjustment to Level Service Budget Personnel: $279,510 Expenses: $509,584 New Revenue:$ 48,000 (School Choice – Nipmuc) Total: $837,094 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District21

22 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District22March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District22March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District22 FY07 Spending Rankings for all Categories (1=highest, 329=lowest) Out of 329 districts reporting, our district ranks... Administration – 320 th Instructional Leadership – 298 th Classroom and Specialist Teachers – 268 th Other Teaching Services – 300 th Professional Development – 168 th Instructional Materials – 67 th Guidance Counseling/Testing – 244 th Pupil Services – 193 rd Operations/Maintenance – 245 th Insurance/Retirement – 284 th Out-of District PPE’s – 155 th Information source: MA DESE Website

23 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District23March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District23March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District23 Per Pupil Expenditures 9 th of 10 comparable communities (based on income, population and student enrollment) State provided expenditures of comparable communities DEDHAM 13,157CANTON11,105 HOLLISTON 10,856ASHLAND10,599 GROTON DUNSTABLE 10,284FOXBOROUGH 9,956 HANOVER 9,611MEDFIELD 9,472 MEDWAY 9,341MENDON-UPTON 9,194 NORTH READING 9,049 MA State Average: $11,789 Information source: MA DESE Website

24 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District24March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District24 Mendon-Upton Spends Less than Most Districts (FY07 MURSD ranked 306 of 331 Districts) <8% of school districts spend less >92% of school districts spend more Mendon-Upton $9194 per student per year Mendon-Upton $9194 per student per year

25 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District25March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District25 FY07 Average Teacher Salaries (comparable communities – MURSD ranked last)

26 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District26March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District26 Student to Instructional Personnel Ratio (not class size) In FY07, MURSD ranked last of 10 comparable communities Dedham13.0 Hanover13.0 Holliston 13.4 Foxborough 14.5 Ashland 14.9 Medway 14.9 Medfield 15.1 Canton 15.4 Groton-Dunstable 16.0 North Reading 16.4 Mendon-Upton 19.0 Information source: MA DESE Website

27 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District27March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District27 Federal Economic Stimulus Assistance The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 will provide funds to the school district through: Existing education grants to states General funds to support state fiscal stabilization Funds made available under existing federal grants can only be used by eligible districts for specified purposes. The District expects to receive $299,755 of Federal stimulus assistance to supplement the level Chapter 70 funding.

28 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District28March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District28 District Cost Control Measures Acquired a grant from National Grid to retrofit the schools with new lighting and to reduce energy costs. Pursuing additional opportunities with local power company. Negotiating with the bargaining unions across the district to find creative solutions to reduce impact of payroll increases. Negotiated greater health insurance cost sharing with employees and opened discussions with the towns to reduce health insurance costs. Conducting transportation audit and investigating other cost sharing opportunities with other districts. Increasing our choice population at the high school. Under a grant from MUEF, providing grant writing instruction to staff in order to bring additional funds to the district.

29 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District29March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District29 What if requested funding isn’t received? Mendon Finance Committee has suggested a funding increase of $89,010 over FY09 levels. The corresponding Upton FY10 contribution would decrease from FY09 by $14,548. Overall District budget: +$451,645 (+1.64%)

30 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District30 Impact of Reduced (+1.64%) Budget ~38 additional District employees would be impacted through a combination of cuts and reduced work hours ~17 District employee positions would be cut (11 professionals and 6 para-professionals) Remaining ~21 employees would have reduced work hours

31 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District31 It’s Not All Bad News... Curriculum Guides (PreK-12) assembled K-5 Math program implemented (Investigations) MCAS: Top 10% in state’s 10 th grade test Standards Based Elementary Report Card Alert Now Communication System IPASS Student Information System Grade alignment transition going smoothly Met AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in all schools, all areas 2008 four year Graduation Rate – 95.3% (24 th best in state’s public schools) Updated District Web Page Energy Savings Initiative (National Grid)

32 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District32March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District32 Where Do We Go From Here? Monitor status of stimulus funds – counting on ~$300K Monitor towns’ contributions Prioritize list of additional cuts (if needed) NOTE: Additional cuts WILL impact the administration and teachers Continue to look for options to reduce costs through: Collaboration Regionalization Grants Reminders: Stimulus funds are short term State will continue to push towns to 59% local contribution level Translation: It’s not going to get any better in the future!

33 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District33March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District33 Summary School District is asking the towns to meet minimum local contribution increase (3.88% budget increase) If 3.88% budget is not achieved, additional cuts will be needed Reminder: last year the District cut ~10 positions, half of them classroom teachers Budget will change between today and town meetings School Committee will monitor funding sources between today and both town meetings to determine a final budget for ratification by voters; more communications will follow

34 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District34March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District34 FY10 Budget Questions? Thank you for your support for Mendon-Upton Regional Schools!

35 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District35 Backup Info

36 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District36 Per Pupil Expenditures (comparison communities)

37 March 16, 2009 Mendon Upton Regional School District37 ’07 Comparison Community Data TOWN ENROLLMENT PER PUPIL EXPENDITURE % SPED AVERAGE TEACHER SALARY ASHLAND 2,504 10, ,772 CANTON3,01111, ,495 DEDHAM2,72513, ,991 FOXBOROUGH2,9539, ,109 HANOVER2,6239, ,605 HOLLISTON2,70910, ,856 MEDFIELD2,9199, ,604 MEDWAY2,7099, ,394 NORTH READING2,7139, ,344 GROTON DUNSTABLE2,75710, ,528 MENDON UPTON2,6499, ,138


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