Blackstone-Millville RSD FY 15 Budget Hearing

Report
Blackstone-Millville RSD
FY 15 Budget Hearing
March 12, 2014
7:00 PM
Molony-Sullivan Auditorium
Blackstone-Millville HS
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 – 2nd 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
 Regular Education
 FY 14 - $17,378,246
 FY 15 - $17,837,834
 Difference - $459,588 (2.6%)
 Student Services
 FY 14 - $3,987,004
 FY 15 - $4,253,145
 Difference - $266,141 (6.7%)
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 Transportation
Sub Total
433, 478
11,118,072
School Choice Offset
(-305,755)
Charter School Offset
(-
Sub Total
( -315,098)
Net FY 15 State Aid
10,802,974
9,343)
FY 15 Estimated District Revenue
Medicaid Funds
60,000
Miscellaneous Funds
35,000
Interest Income
Music & Athletic Fees
E & D Funds
Total
4,000
65,000
0
164,000
District Funds
• Certified E&D Fund
529,044
• 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 Budget
22,090,979
• Less State Aid
10,802,974
• 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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