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04/25/20111 2011-2012 Budget Priorities CONTINUING FARMINGTON’S EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE: All Students Reaching Global Standards of Achievement, Citizenship.

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1 04/25/ Budget Priorities CONTINUING FARMINGTON’S EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE: All Students Reaching Global Standards of Achievement, Citizenship and Leadership through: Development and implementation of our five year goals and Framework for Teaching and Learning Maintaining current class size levels Preserving FHS academic courses and electives Replacing outdated technology

2 04/25/20112 What are the budget drivers for the 4.83% increase?  Reduction or Elimination of Federal and State Educational Grants: increase in operating budget due to the elimination or reduction of various Federal and State grants causing an increase in tuition, personnel and special education services: 1.41%  Collective Bargaining Agreements: increase as a result of contract negotiations: 2.64%  Self Insurance: increase represents funding for 100% of expected claims:.73%  Special Education: increase in funding necessary to meet mandated and necessary special education requirements:.15%  Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning: upgrades and additions in technology equipment and services after multi-year budget reductions  Not Included on slide: *-.1% for All Other Operating Expenses

3 04/25/20113 How does Farmington continue to have an award winning school district with one of the lowest tax rates in Connecticut? Exceptional management of taxpayer dollars: Special Education – 137 th School based Administration – 165 th General Administration – 160 th Employee Benefits – 164 th Regular Education Transportation – 116 th Total Transportation expenditures – 124 th Maintenance and Facility Services – 112 th *Of 169 towns: #1 spending the most and 169 spending the lowest

4 04/25/20114 Examples of Excellence and Cost Containment: Custodial Services: Farmington currently ranks 112 of 169 towns in the amount spent on maintenance and facility services Your custodial staff include skilled plumbers, craftsmen, carpenters, painters and HVAC technicians Your custodians addressed snow removal on our school roofs Your custodians feel ownership and pride in their work and serve as important members of the school community Cafeteria Services: Our cafeteria is a self-sustaining enterprise receiving no subsidy from the Board of Education’s operating budget Self Insurance: Farmington Public Schools acts essentially as its own insurance provider. Saved resources are then utilized for the benefit of Farmington taxpayers

5 04/25/20115 Examples of Excellence and Cost Containment: Continuing Education: Self-sustaining enrichment programming managed by district employees for the benefit of the entire community EXCL: Self-sustaining before and after school child care. The program extends student learning through a coordinated effort of EXCL staff working with classroom teachers on student needs Special Education: Providing students and their parents the most appropriate placement while keeping students in their community

6 04/25/20116 Examples of Staffing Efficiencies Through Cost Containment: Farmington: 17.5 Teachers for each Administrator DRG A:13.1 Teachers for each Administrator DRG B:13.9 Teachers for each Administrator State:13.9 Teachers for each Administrator School based Administration – 165 th * General Administration – 160 th * *Of 169 towns: #1 spending the most and 169 spending the lowest Source: State Department of Education

7 04/25/20117 Some Examples of Town/Board Cost Containment Technology — Personnel — Servers, Equipment — Space for Equipment Centralized Postage Services Consortium Bids Available to Town ― Paper ― Office Supplies Large Volume Copy Machines Shared with Town ― Copiers Leased through Educational Resource Consortium

8 04/25/20118 Some Examples of Town/Board Cost Containment Centralized Phone Services Purchase of Diesel Fuel through Capital Region Bid Accounting Services Common Insurance Services (Property & Liability) Common Bid for Medical Stop Loss and Administration Common Workers’ Compensation Carrier Loss Prevention Services Use of School Buildings (Park & Recreation, etc.) Town Attorney Services Energy Initiatives

9 04/25/20119 Examples of Cost Containment through Fiscal Partnership: Self-Insurance BOE Self-Insurance Budget Year Reserve Utilized to Offset Tax Increase: $ 500, $1,350, $ 320,000 TOTAL:$2,170,000

10 04/25/ Educational Aid from the State of Connecticut: Town Comparison FarmingtonPlainvilleSouthingtonWest Hartford SimsburyGlastonburyCheshire Education Jobs Bill$94,198$594,171$1,160,007$939,982$313,843$362,586$543,709 ECS** (10/11)$1,611,013$10,161,853$19,839,108$16,076,120$5,367,517$6,201,152$9,298,837 Teacher Increase2.65%*0%2.2%0% 2.0% Proposed Budget Increase 4.83%2.5%1.95%5.6%1.54%2.49%5.09% * Last year of three-year contract. Negotiations will take place this summer. ** Educational Cost Sharing Grant funding to towns from State of Connecticut is received by municipality

11 04/25/ Continuing Farmington’s High Quality Education: All Students Reaching Global Standards of Achievement, Citizenship and Leadership What we believe matters…. Expectations Matter Effort Matters Instruction Matters Relationships Matter Results Matter

12 04/25/ Continued Development and Implementation of our Five Year Goals and Framework for Teaching and Learning Five Year Goals All students will demonstrate performance standards in critical thinking and reasoning and meet rigorous core academic content* standards by actively accessing, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating ideas and information, drawing evidenced-based conclusions, synthesizing new learning with prior knowledge and reflecting critically on learning experiences and processes. All students will demonstrate performance standards in communication and collaboration and meet rigorous core academic content* standards by articulating ideas clearly in multiple formats, listening and responding to new ideas, sharing responsibility and participating effectively in a variety of teams, using technology tools to enhance communication and valuing the contributions of others. All students will demonstrate performance standards in problem solving and innovation and meet rigorous core academic content* standards by identifying and solving a variety of problems, asking clarifying questions, generating conventional, innovative, and entrepreneurial solutions, thinking flexibly and taking initiative. All students will demonstrate performance standards in self-direction and resourcefulness and meet rigorous core academic content* standards by exploring interests, setting goals and seeking feedback, demonstrating persistent effort, responsibility, citizenship and self-direction, adapting to change with resiliency and demonstrating ethical leadership. *Farmington’s Core Academic Content Areas include English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Language, Health, Physical Education, Wellness and Music, Fine and Applied Arts.

13 04/25/ Enrollment/Professional Staffing (October Reports – Historical) Student Enrollment – Black *Professional Staffing – Red Total 10/1 Enrollment K Sped Ed Staffing *Rounded to the nearest full FTE

14 04/25/ Approved Budget The 4.83% or $2,487,104 increase over the appropriation reflects: 1.41% or $ 726,407 increase due to reduction in grants 2.64% or $1,362,707 increase for salaries.73% or $ 375,278 increase due to benefits.15% or $ 75,588 increase due to special education tuition -.1% or -$ 52,876 decrease for all other operating expenses Total budget request is $53,978,296

15 Summary of Reductions (Prior to Town Council’s Budget Approval) Major Areas of ReductionAmount of Reduction Special Education Tuition$370,880 Technology Equipment/Services$310,975 Personnel($107,672) Equipment$39,219 Benefits$26,252 Maintenance Projects$19,895 Texts/Supplies/Library Books$80,678 Other$22,973 Superintendent’s Total Reduction$763,200 Personnel$89,050 Benefits($9,200) Instructional Supplies/Subscriptions$5,000 Maintenance Projects$80,202 Equipment$32,400 Postage and Printing$14,912 Travel and Conferences$5,640 Board of Education’s Total Reduction$218,004 TOTAL REDUCTION BEFORE TOWN COUNCIL APPROVAL$981,204

16 04/25/ Budget Reductions Description Amount TEACHER TURNOVER $87,000 ● Due to late resignations AP TEST SUBSIDY $18,000 COPIER LEASE THROUGH CONSORTIUM $15,850 PROJECTS (TO BE FUNDED THROUGH EXCL/CE) ● Bus entrance at Union School $ 9,300 ● FHS reception area $ 5,200 ICE HOCKEY $21,337 ● Hockey will be a co-op program in 2011/2012 due to enrollment levels. FHS CLEANER $12,000 ● Cleaning of foyer and grounds areas will no longer be on a regular basis. GYMNASTICS $ 4,927 ● Gymnastics will be reduced by a coach and some rental fees. BUILDING PROJECTS $47,129 ● Remaining projects will be eliminated. EXCL UTILITY ASSESSMENT $ 7,585

17 04/25/ Budget Reductions Description Amount IAR FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE AND PE (1.5 FTE) $83,915 ● FCS will be eliminated at IAR (1.0 FTE). This program elimination will reduce PE by.5 FTE. This will align IAR report card distribution with West Woods to create a 5-8 trimester marking period (all IAR students over a two year period). APE and Health classes will increase to 20 in a class. CHORAL MUSIC (.2 FTE) $11,188 ● Reconfigure schedule, however, we will serve the same number of students (implications for K-12 staffing). SUMMER SCHOOL K-6 $15,000 ● Reduction in K-6 Summer School Program. Explore a fee structure for summer programming. CURRICULUM $15,591 ● Reduce rate of the implementation of our five year goals. LATE BUS – WEST WOODS $22,648 ● One year moratorium: The lack of late buses will reduce extended day academic support and enrichment programming for students in need of transportation (14 students). EXCESS COST $54,500 FHS Reading (.5 FTE) $27,972 ● Reconfigure intervention model (26 students). TECHNOLOGY $15,591 ● Impacts implementation of our technology plan. SPECIAL EDUCATION PARA PROFESSIONAL $19,370* ● We will make a reduction of 1.0 FTE paraprofessional. The specifics of the reduction will be determined after a thorough analysis by the Director of Special Services. *Net of 26 wks unemployment compensation REDUCTIONS AFTER TOWN COUNCIL APPROVAL $494,103 TOTAL REDUCTIONS TO BUDGET $1,475,307

18 04/25/ Personnel and Program Reductions Since Group Net FTE’s Amount Teachers1.25$130, Secretarial (Special Ed, School Secretarial)1.42$34, Teachers (English, Math, WL)17.25$879, Student Activities Salaries (Pay to Participate)$159, Teachers (Culinary, Latin, Strings, West Woods)3.9$224, Student Activities Salaries (Pay to Participate)$20, Inst Support/Tutors$11, Teachers (FCS, PE, Reading, Choral, WL)1.7$151, Special Education Paraprofessional.93$19, Maintenance/Cleaner.5$12,000 Total26.95$1,632,061

19 04/25/ and Teacher Reductions Impact Examples Farmington High School  Teacher Reductions at FHS: Impacted core program offerings; reduced elective offerings for seniors; increased study hall attendance and caused modification to senior schedules in 1 st and 9 th period  Elimination of Culinary program affected an estimated students, once again reducing elective offerings  Eliminated Language Arts tutorial: fewer students receiving tutorial support Irving A. Robbins Middle School  Eliminated Latin program and.8 Teacher; affected an estimated 170 students.  PE Reduction: Shared teacher assignments  Math Reduction: Slightly higher class size (17 to 22)

20 04/25/ and Teacher Reductions Impact Examples West Woods Upper Elementary School  Elementary Strings Reduction: Created scheduling issues for students at West Woods and some elementary schools  General Music Reduction: Elimination of general music required all students, regardless of interest, to participate in chorus or instrumental music programming Elementary  Strings Reduction: Created scheduling problems for students and teachers with large ensembles. In three elementary schools, two teachers shared the string teaching assignment  Art Reduction: Reduced teacher collaboration and planning due to travel between schools

21 04/25/ Budget Summary

22 04/25/ Farmington Public Schools Line Item Budget

23 04/25/ Salaries Bd of Education Budget $36,566, Approved Budget $34,994,371 Total Increase Requested $ 1,571,838 Percentage Increase 4.49%  Provides funding for school district employees including teachers  Loss of ARRA Funding and Education Jobs Fund results in addition of 3.87 positions to the BOE ($239,890)  represents the last year of the Teachers’ agreement  Account reflects the following negotiated increases: Teachers 4.65% GWI plus 2% step) Administrators 2.35% Classified Staff 3.4%  The Town Council’s approved budget mandated a $494,103 reduction. To comply with that, the Board of Education reduced the following: IAR Family & Consumer Science1.0 FTE IAR Physical Education.5 FTE Choral Music.2 FTE FHS Reading.5 FTE Special Ed Paraprofessional 1.0 FTE FHS Cleaner.5 FTE

24 04/25/ Benefits Bd of Education Budget $7,724, Approved Budget $7,349,677 Total Increase Requested $ 375,278 Percentage Increase 5.11%  Provides 100% of Expected Paid Claims and Administration of Employee Health Insurance  Farmington ranks 164 th out of 169 towns in Cost of Employee Benefits  Farmington Employee Utilization of Health Care Services is significantly below industry average Inpatient Facility Payments: Industry Average per Admission: $11,392 Farmington per Admission: $8,543 Average Payment for Surgery: Industry Average: $1,426 Farmington: $ 1,005  Life Insurance cost is $.17/thousand and Long Term Disability cost is $.33/hundred

25 04/25/ Services Bd of Education Budget $7,791, Approved Budget $7,255,484 Total Increase Requested $ 535,622 Percentage Increase 7.38%  The cost of Special Education outplacements is a significant driver in the Board’s request  The loss of ARRA funding and the reduction of Special Education Excess Cost Grant helped produce a 48% increase in the tuition account ($491,166)  Account provides for Professional Development Programs to improve teaching and learning  District took advantage of Dual Fuel Capacity to limit energy costs  Account provides for Building Repairs to address the needs of 668,155 Square Feet of Town/School Buildings. Specific projects were all eliminated for FY 2012 due to budget constraints  A new copier lease through our regional consortium saved $15,850  The late bus at West Woods was eliminated for to meet the approved Town Council budget

26 04/25/ Supplies Bd of Education Budget $1,425, Approved Budget $1,460,589 Total Increase Requested $ -34,979 Percentage Increase -2.39%  Farmington ranks 114 th in amount spent per pupil on instructional supplies  Account provides for facilities used in swimming and ice hockey competitions  Account provides for the purchase of a wide ranging group of items such as health supplies and custodial supplies  Fuel oil is included in this section. West District is the only school without dual fuel capacity

27 04/25/ Equipment Bd of Education Budget $180, Approved Budget $152,992 Total Increase Requested $ 27,040 Percentage Increase 17.67%  The district has prioritized all potential technology purchases for the next four years  The highest priority technology items are contained here in the BOE budget. All other needs were documented in the capital budget

28 04/25/ Dues and Fees Bd of Education Budget$290, Approved Budget$278,079 Total Increase Requested$ 12,305 Percentage Increase 4.42%  A restoration of the Board’s membership in CABE has been included in the budget

29 04/25/ Farmington Public Schools Budget Information Please visit the Farmington Public Schools’ Website for additional budget information


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