Perry P. Davis, Ed.D Interim Superintendent of Schools Mission, Vision and Core Values School Committee Budget Assumptions and Goals Student Learning Needs Budget Background Data Building Based Budgets Budget Drivers and Savings Budget Increase FY 14 to FY 15 State Aid and District Revenues
Blackstone-Millville RSD Mission: – Our mission is to challenge students in a safe and stimulating environment where ideas are shared and change is embraced, good citizenship, and self-worth by providing flexible, supportive, and responsive learning environment characterized by high expectations. We are committed to the academic, social/emotional, and physical well-being of all.
Blackstone-Millville RSD Vision: – The Blackstone-Millville Regional School District embodies an appreciation of life-long learning; excellence in individual and educational programs; and shared accountability among students, staff, parents and citizens of the community. Everyone works together in an environment founded upon Trust, Integrity, Fairness, open-ended communication and the belief that all individuals can learn.
Blackstone-Millville RSD Core Values: – Academic Standards and Expectations – Leadership – Teaching and Professional Development – Climate and Learning Environment – Family and Community – Collaboration and Communication
School Committee Budget Assumptions and Priorities Mission, Vision and Core Values Need for highly qualified teachers and staff and to maintain current student to teacher ratios Refinement of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment practices Maintain educational resources and technology that supports student learning Increase student achievement
School Committee Budget Development Goals Operating budget based on data to identify financial trends Operating budget build based on student learning needs DRAFT operating budget information shared with Blackstone and Millville asking for questions and feedback during the budget development process Operating budget development that is transparent with full disclosure of fiscal information
Student Learning Needs A budget is the financial articulation of student learning needs Curriculum – What we teach? Instruction – How we teach it? Assessment – How do we know students are learning and showing mastery of the content?
Student Learning Needs Mastery of English language arts, reading, math, science, social studies, world languages, arts, physical education/health and technology Focus on student development in three domains – Cognitive – Thinking – Affective – Social and Emotional – Psycho-Motor – Physical Development Safe and supportive learning environment
Budget Background Data Student enrollment – NESDEC student enrollment – 10 year projections – Impact of school choice students leaving and entering BMRSD – Student to teacher ratios (class size) History of budget expenditures – Reviewed three years of expenditure data – Budget increases and decreases
Budget Background Data Fiscal challenges – New mandates for student services without direct funding ELL Learners and Homeless Students – Increasing special education population with more moderate learning needs – School Choice and loss of Chapter 70 Aid Fixed costs – Personnel contracts – Benefits - insurance – Building costs – heat, electricity, maintenance and grounds – Student transportation – Student safety and building security
Budget Background Data Fiscal opportunities – Rental of space to BICO Collaborative – Expanding special education services in the District to reduce transportation costs Balancing student learning needs with fiscal realities in Blackstone and Millville – Chapter 70 Aid – Regional Transportation – School Choice ( + and – of Chapter 70 Aid) – Out of District Special Education placements – Out of District Vocational Education
Building Based Budgets High School – New personnel 2.4 FTE – World Language, Information/Library and Physical Education (athletics) – Textbooks and Instructional supplies – NEASC Accreditation Process Middle School – Commitment to Middle School Concept – Teacher Teams – Textbooks and Instructional supplies
Building Based Budgets JFK/AFM – Blackstone – Literacy Professional Development – Textbooks and Supplies – Maintain current class size ratios Millville Elementary – Literacy Professional Development – Textbooks and Supplies – Maintain current class size ratios
Building Based Budgets Student Services – New Personnel 1.6 new teachers (.6 High School and 1.0 Elementary) – Out of district placements Tuitions – (Applied SPED Circuit Breaker Aid) – Transportation Out of district transportation – Contracted services Specialized services to meet the needs of students – Support Staff Applied Federal Special Education Grant Funds
Building Based Budget Professional Development – Literacy Initiative – 2 nd of a 3 year program – Tuition reimbursement for teacher licensure – Instructional strategies to improve student learning Technology – Maintain current level of technology support and infrastructure – Replace technology, as needed – No new major Technology Initiatives
Budget Drivers Contracted Salaries Student Services New Teaching Positions Textbooks and Instructional Supplies Information Technology Athletics Building Maintenance
Budget Savings Heat and Electricity – (3 yr. average expenses) Employee Benefits – Health Insurance Networking – Telecommunications – No new major initiates in FY 15
Draft FY 15 Budget Compared to FY 14 Budget Total FY 15 Budget $22,090,979 from $21,365,250 $725,729 3.4% increase
Estimated FY 15 State Aid Chapter 70 (House 1)10,684,594 Regional Transportation433, 478 Sub Total11,118,072 School Choice Offset (-305,755) Charter School Offset( - 9,343) Sub Total ( -315,098) Net FY 15 State Aid10,802,974
District Funds Certified E&D Fund529,044 MGL allows up to 5% of the budget to be in the E&D BMRSD currently is at 2.5% of the FY 14 budget in E&D E&D Fund is to provide for unanticipated or emergency expenses during the FY E&D Fund is used to establish a bond rating along with the towns
Expenses Vs. Revenue Operating Budget 3.4% increase (725,729) State Aid 10,802,974 increase of 130,103 District Revenue Decrease of (- 655,693) Revenue Deficit (- 525,590 )
Capital Costs Middle School Bond Sewer Bond JFK/AFM Roof Bond High School Roof Bond
FY 15 Assessment Deficit Proposed FY 15 Budget22,090,979 Less State Aid10,802,974 Less Community Contributions 9,657,337 Less District Funds - 164,000 Assessment Deficit -1, 466,668
FY 15 Assessment Deficit No funds in the E&D account to lower the assessment to the Towns Loss of Chapter 70 Aid for school choice students Increased cost in student services (mandated)
FY 15 Impact on Students Reductions in teaching and support staff positions Reductions in instructional supplies Reductions in professional development
FY 15 Budget Dilemma The proposed operating budget, revenue deficit and its impact on the Regional Assessments? It is all about the Assessment number. How to fund the modest increase in the operating budget? How to deal with the major deficit in District revenue to balance the FY 15 budget?
FY 15 Budget Dilemma What staff and programs will be reduced to address the revenue deficit and its impact on the Regional Assessment to each Town? What funding options need to be discussed with Blackstone and Millville? How to develop a long term plan to address the District Revenue Deficit?
FY 15 Budget Decisions How to balance the operating budget to assessments to Blackstone and Millville? What budget reductions need to be discussed and considered? What is the impact on student learning?
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