The School Budget was approved by the School Committee on January 21 and then forwarded to the Town Manager. The Town Manager will present the overall town budget to the Selectmen by March 1. For now, here are eHop’s Key Takeaways from the FY17 School Budget.
Total FY17 Budget $40,902,901. This is an increase of 4.495% ($1,759,460) from the FY16 Budget
- 1.2 FTE English Language Learner positions (Curriculum – District)
- 1.0 FTE Maintenance staff (Buildings & Grounds – District)
- 0.5 FTE Middle School Custodian (Buildings & Grounds – Middle School)
- 1.0 FTE Technician Asst. for all buildings (Technology – District)
- 1.0 FTE Student Data Coordinator (Technology – District)
- 1.0 FTE Literacy Coach (shared by Center and Elmwood, replacing a Reading Teacher)
- 1.0 FTE Instructional Assistant (Center)
- 0.5 FTE Intensive SPED Teacher (Special Education – Center)
- 1.0 FTE Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Special Education – Center)
- 1.0 FTE Grade 2 Teacher (Elmwood)
- 0.5 FTE Learning Specialist (Special Education – Elmwood)
- 0.2 FTE Administrative Assistant (Elmwood/Preschool)
- 0.8 FTE Adjustment Coordinator (Hopkins)
- 1.0 FTE Reading Coach (Middle School)
- 2.0 FTE Paraprofessionals (Special Education – Middle School)
- 0.8 FTE Subject Matter Leaders (High School)
- 0.5 FTE Intensive SPED Teacher (Special Education – High School)
- 1.0 FTE Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Special Education – District)
- 1.0 FTE Elementary Curriculum Coordinator (Curriculum – District)
- 0.6 FTE Lunch Monitors (Elmwood)
- 0.5 FTE Library Assistant (Hopkins)
- 1.0 FTE Grade 5 Teacher (Hopkins)
- 1.0 FTE ABA Coordinator (Special Education – District)
- 0.7 FTE Speech & Language (Special Education – District)
The Preliminary FY17 Buildings & Grounds budget includes extraordinary maintenance items totaling $210,750.
- Elmwood: $79,000
- Hopkins: $15,000
- HMS: $48,000
- HHS: $20,000
- Systems: $18,750
The Bus Fee for students in grades K-6 living less than 2 miles from school has been eliminated, which increased the total budget by $53,475. Currently 1,254 K-6 students are eligible to ride the bus for free, while 345 K-6 students pay the bus fee, and 100 K-6 students do not ride the bus. All students in grades 7-12 who opt to ride the bus will still pay the $155 fee next year. All other fees for next year will remain the same including parking fees, athletic fees and preschool tuition.
Projected Class Sizes 2016-17:
* This table was edited after it was originally posted. Projections for grades marked with a star were added after receiving a copy of the November 2015 NESDEC Projections from the Superintendent's office on 2/10/16.
|Grade||# of Students||Avg Class Size
FY17 Budget Documents:
* Items marked with a star were added on 2/10/16 after our blog was originally posted.
At the Thursday, December 17 School Committee meeting, the following FY17 budget presentations are on the agenda:
The meeting begins at 7:00pm in the Middle School Library, public comments are scheduled near the beginning and again near the end of the meeting, about 9:10pm. Barring technical difficulties, you may also watch the meeting on HCAM-TV (Comcast 8 / Verizon 30 / Streaming www.hcam.tv). Click here to view the meeting agenda.
Time to Give Input:
If you have questions, comments or concerns, now is a good time to voice them while budgets are not yet final. Email both the School Committee and the Superintendent at the following addresses:
Budget Documents Already Presented:
Public Hearing on the School Budget
Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm
Middle School Library
Attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30/ Streaming live on hcam.tv)
ATTENTION! This is your chance to voice your opinion on free vs tuition-based Full Day Kindergarten, fees to parents or any other school budget topic before the School Committee votes on a budget to submit to the Town Manager.
The evening will start with a revised budget presentation by Superintendent Dr Cathy MacLeod. Click here to view the Superintendent’s Revised Budget. Dr. MacLeod will take the opportunity to reflect on all of her data collection, discussion, feedback and decision making to date to present a cleaned up, revised School District Budget presentation for 2014-15 (FY15) for the School Committee to deliberate on. At their meeting last week, the majority of the School Committee indicated that they would prefer tuition-based (not free) Full Day Kindergarten next year and that they would like to see a 10% reduction in bus, parking, and athletic fees. Dr. MacLeod’s revised budget represents a 4.91% increase over last year, includes tuition-free full day Kindergarten, and includes the requested 10% reduction in fees.
The revised budget presentation will be followed by the public hearing, where the school committee chair will recognize audience members who wish to make a comment and have them come to the microphone one at a time to address the school committee on camera.
After the public hearing the School Committee will deliberate on the revised FY15 School District Budget to approve a School Committee FY15 Budget request to forward on to the Town Manager by the February 1 deadline.
For your Reference:
The School Committee will be having a regular meeting this week on Thursday, January 16 at 7:30pm in the Middle School Library. The public comment period is scheduled for 8:30pm after the Full Day Kindergarten Discussion. You may attend in person or watch on HCAM-TV (Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 30). In addition to the Full Day Kindergarten discussion, this week’s meeting will include a discussion of updates to the Transportation (bus) Policy, as well as budget presentations for the Central Office, Buildings and Grounds, and the Curriculum Department.
FOR YOUR REFERENCE:
Superintendent Dr. Cathy MacLeod, along with Ralph Dumas and Mary Ann Fitzpatrick “opened the conversation” about the proposed updates to the transportation policy last Thursday, December 5. While they had hoped to discuss bus pass applications, childcare scheduling, bus stop switching and carry on items the attendees wanted to focus on the consistent daily transportation plan. This would limit a family to one pick-up and one drop-off location. Many of the participants in this evening’s discussion were opposed to this limitation due to work and childcare schedules.
Dr. MacLeod urged those who have suggestions to email her directly at email@example.com.
The Superintendent recently announced a Transportation Policy public forum to be held on Thursday at 6:00pm at the Middle School. Join her for an overview of proposed updates and changes related to bus pass application deadlines and late penalties, childcare scheduling, bus stop switching at the elementary level, and procedures for bus carry-on items. If you cannot attend, but would like to give feedback, please contact the Superintendent’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transportation Public Forum
Thurs Dec 5 at 6:00-7:00pm
Middle School Lecture Hall
Current HPS Policies Related to Transportation:
At its January 31 Working Session, the School Committee voted to submit a 2013-14 budget to the Town Manager, which represents a 4.4% increase over the current year’s budget. Key changes from the budget originally presented by Dr Hiersche in December include:
- 10% Reduction in bus fees, parking fees and athletic fees.
- Addition of two dual-certified teachers for Grade 7 to decrease class size to an average of 22 per class next year.
Important School Budget Documents:
- UPDATED Superintendent’s Budget Presentation – Jan 24, 2013
- Center School Budget Summary (K-1) – Jan 17, 2013
- Elmwood School Budget Summary (2-3) – Jan 17, 2013
- Hopkins School Budget Summary (4-5) – Jan 17, 2013
- Middle School Budget Summary – Jan 3, 2013
- High School Budget Summary – Jan 3, 2013
- Assistant Superintendent & Curriculum Team Budget Summary – Jan 10, 2013
- Athletic Department Budget Summary – Jan 3, 2013
- Buildings & Grounds Budget Summary – Jan 10, 2013
- Central Office (Including Transportation) Budget Summary – Jan 10, 2013
- Student Services (Special Education) Budget Summary – Jan 10, 2013
- Supervision/Evaluation Budget Summary – Jan 17, 2013 (RE: New Massachusetts State-Mandated Teacher Evaluation System)
- Technology Budget Summary – Jan 17, 2013
Supporting Budget Documents:
At the January 17 School Committee meeting, one of the topics of discussion was fees to parents and whether some of the fees should be decreased, eliminated or remain the same. No decisions were made last week, but a list of topics discussed and a list of current fees is given below. Please feel free to contact the School Committee and Superintendent with your opinion on fees. They will be voting on a final budget on January 31.
- At least two School Committee members would like to see both a decrease in the total school budget and a decrease in fees.
- Some School Committee members wondered if the threshold for financial assistance should be increased?
- At least one School Committee member suggested that parents don’t mind the sports fees as much as the bus fees and perhaps it would be a good idea to reduce the bus fee but keep the sports fee as is.
- The finance director noted that creating a walking zone around the Middle School and High School could save $74,000 by eliminating a bus and adding a crossing guard instead.
- Several School Committee members suggested they would like to see a 10% reduction in bus, parking and athletics fees, but would first like to see how that impacted the rest of the budget and if other services might need to be cut instead.
Fee Type – Current Rate – Expected FY14 Revenue
Transportation/Bus Fee – $210 per year – $275,000 Revenue ($420 family cap, no charge for K-6 students living more than 2 miles from school)
Daycare Transportation Fee – $100 per student – $25,000 Revenue
Parking Fee – $210 per year – $50,000 Revenue
Preschool Tuition – $3,200 per year – $125,000 Revenue
Full Day Kindergarten Tuition – $4,000 per year – $288,000 Revenue
Athletics Student Fees – $150 per sport – $215,000 Revenue (Per student per sport, no family cap)
Athletics Gate Receipts – fee varies – $35,000 Revenue
Student Activities Fee – $25 per year – $19,000 Revenue (Middle School/High School, Per student, no family cap, but this fee was NOT charged in 2012)
Total Projected Revenue from Fees if Rates Remain Unchanged $1,032,000
Financial Assistance: Currently fee waivers are available to families earning less than one and one-half times (150%) the Federal Poverty Guideline and fee reductions are available to families earning less than two times (200%) the Federal Poverty Guideline. Read more…