FY12 Budget Season is in Full Swing

At the December 16, 2010 School Committee Meeting, Superintendent Phelan presented his Preliminary School Budget. You can view his presentation online at:

Preliminary Budget Highlights:
Enrollment – The projected student enrollment for the district in 2011-12 is 3,461 students. This is a total increase of 8 students from 2006-07.
Staff – The preliminary budget requests 435.6 total staff members for the 2011-12 school year. This is a total decrease of 20.3 staff members since the 2006-07 school year.
Budget – The Superintendent’s total budget recommendation for 2011-12 is $33,189,883. This is a 2.7% increase from this year’s budget. Budget challenges include: loss of funding from other sources, last year teachers agreed to defer step increases until FY12, regular transportation increase of 2%, SPED tuitions & transportation increase of 3%, the addition of a Grade 1 teacher and the addition of a computer technician.
Class Size – In the Superintendent’s preliminary budget, average elementary class sizes are projected to remain close in size to last year. Grades K-1 are projected to have about 21 students per class and Grades 2-5 are projected to have about 22-25 students per class.
Fees – The Superintendent’s preliminary budget includes no fee increases to parents.

Articles about the Superintendent’s Preliminary FY12 Budget
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Draft School Dept. Budget Increase of $871,885
By Heather Kelley, HopNews.com, Dec. 17, 2010
http://www.hopnews.com/sc_12_16_10.html

School Committee Reports Preliminary FY12 Budget
by Mark Collins, HCAM, Dec. 17, 2010
http://www.hcam.tv/news/school-committee-reports-preliminary-fy12-budget

Hopkinton school budget asks for 2.7 percent jump
By Michael Morton, The MetroWest Daily News, Dec. 17, 2010
http://www.wickedlocal.com/hopkinton/news/x953406307/Hopkinton-school-budget-asks-for-2-7-percent-jump

At the January 6, 2011 School Committee Meeting/Working Session, the Committee heard preliminary budget presentations from High School Principal Alyson Geary, Middle School Principal Alan Keller and Athletic Director Eric Karjel. You can view the Executive Summaries of their budgets online at:

New School Estimated at $37.9 Million – State expected to cover about 37%
[This article also includes information about the HS, MS and Athletic budgets.]
By Heather Kelley, HopNews.com, Jan. 7, 2011
http://hopnews.com/sc_01_07_2011.html

Upcoming School Budget Dates:
Special Education, Buildings & Grounds and Central Office Budget Presentations

School Committee Working Session
Thursday, January 13 at 7:30pm in the Middle School Library
This working session is NOT televised, but it is open to the public.

Elementary School (Center, Elmwood and Hopkins) and Technology Budget Presentations

School Committee Regular Meeting and Working Session
Thursday, January 20 at 7:30pm in the Middle School Library
The working session portion of this meeting is NOT televised, but it is open to the public.

Public Hearing on the Preliminary FY12 Budget

School Committee Working Session
Thursday, January 27 at 7:30pm in the Middle School Library