Manchester Essex Regional School District

Report
Manchester Essex Regional
School District
Public Hearing: Adoption of Budget
School Committee Meeting
February 2, 2010
Budget Process
• Level service budget presented to Joint Boards
• Budget discussions and input at meetings with
School Improvement Councils, faculty
• School Committee and Administrative Council
workshops to address anticipated budget gap
• Meetings with Town Administrators, BOS
Chairs and FinCom Chairs
Proposed FY-11 Budget: Overview
• Total Operating Budget of $20,040,493
– 1.7% increase in salaries (60% of budget)
– 13.3% increase in other expenditures (40%)
– Overall 6.1% increase compared to FY-10 budget
• Estimated 4% increase in town assessments
– $1.4 M cut from Tentative /Level Services Budget
– Used mix of drawdown in reserves, freeze on
new positions, expense cuts, and new fees
Spending Mix Trends
100%
90%
80%
70%
60%
50%
40%
30%
20%
10%
0%
4%
6%
8%
4%
7%
8%
3%
7%
9%
3%
6%
9%
14%
14%
17%
16%
18%
20%
18%
20%
Administration
Other Student Services
Facilities
49%
48%
Benefits
46%
46%
SPED
Regular Ed
FY-08
Actual
FY-09
Actual
FY-10
FY-11
Budget Proposed
Budgeting Process Constraints
• Towns’ ability to fund:
– Proposition 2.5 limits property tax increases
– School budget growth beyond 2.5% necessitates
smaller increases for town programs and vice versa
• Mandated costs and contractual obligations
– $600K increase in mandated SPED Tuitions Out
due to increased need and declining state
reimbursements
– Teacher contract for FY 09-11 negotiated in FY 09
Budgeting Process Constraints
• Timing/Unknowns:
– State aid (Chapter 70, Regional Transportation &
Circuit Breaker) not finalized until June
– New insurance rates set in mid/late February
– Utility usage patterns still new for HS/MS building
– Legal obligation to serve new enrollments that can
register at any time.
• Move ins/potential new SPED students
• Returnees from private schools – economy/new building
Impact of FY-11 Budget Decisions
• Preserve award winning program by retaining:
– Teaching positions
– Full Day Kindergarten
– Special programs (Art, Music, Foreign Language,
Physical Ed., Computer/Library)
– Small class size in 1st grade
• But current budget cuts will adversely impact:
– Class size in other elementary grades, MS, HS
– Classroom instructional supplies
– Timing of elementary technology upgrade
Looking to FY-12 and Beyond
With FY-11 budget taking shape, MERSD must
begin to plan for long-term financial stability:
Ongoing Risks
• SPED Tuitions Out
• State Aid
• Expiration of Federal
ARRA Funding
• Diminishing Reserves
Opportunities
• Development Fund
• Building Use Revenues
• Health Insurance
• Utilities
• META Negotiations

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