School Budget Hearing Cliff Notes – February 10, 2016

In attendance is Stephanie Cronin, Leslie Lathrop, Peter Cronin, Jeff Kubick, Director of Business & Finance – Jared Stanton, Asst Superintendent – Dr. Katie Novak and Superintendent – Dr. Kristan Rodriguez.

SUPERINTENDENT BEGAN HER PRESENTATION WITH A QUOTE:  

(the video will be added once it is up on vimeo)

Tracy Novice – January 29th – Budgets are moral documents. What we fund is what we value. 

Data was shared from the Future Search gathering that took place the end of January. This was a collection of 80 stake holders from various groups in the community that took a weekend out of their schedule to shared ideas, goals and opinions.

Future Search shares what our community is proud of:

  • District Peformance
  • Existing FacultyStaff
  • Current Administration
  • Parents/Community
  • Student

Future Search shares what the community is sorry about:

  • Cuts to Staffing And programming
  • School Finances
  • Socia,/Emotional Needs of Students
  • Meeting The needs of All students
  • Outside Factors Impeding District Focus.

She included the needs assessment findings.

You can watch the video here – Needs Assessment Video

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JARED STANTON – DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Budget Drivers 

  • Staffing
  • Instructional Supplies
  • Professional Development Funds

Two items will always be a driver and they are in FY17.

  1. Collective bargaining Agreements (Salaires, Steps, Lanes)
  2. Increased to Benefits Cost (GIC)

Budget Assumptions

  • Current Salaries: Actual Contractual Increases
  • Heath Insurance Costs: The assumed 9% increase is based on General Heath Is Cost as well as last years overall increase of 9.2%
  • Dental Insurance Costs: The Assumed 2.5% increase is based on a five year mean of actuals.
  • Debt Schedule: The debt schedule represents actual amounts.
  • Utilities Costs: The Assumed 5 years of actuals and recent rate trends
  • Revenue Projections: Based on Governors’ Recommend Budget.

Budget Savings

  • New print management Contract – $15000 savings per year
  • New Website: $6000 savings per year
  • Van for the PAVE Program: 26000 savin per year
  • Installation of Hand Dryers: $5000+ savings per year
  • Smart Valves for Urinals: $600 savings per urinal or up to 40,000 gallons
  • Professional Development: up to $30,000 per year
    • Trading PD with leading expert in PBIS: $12500
    • 10 speaking engagements with other school districts: $10000
    • 2 graduate courses for free: $6000
  • Groton Electric LED Light Savings
  • Competitie Grant Funding Pilot Mandarin Program
  • Fellowship Savings on Pilot Co-Teaching Model.

PROPOSED FY17 SCHOOL BUDGET THAT INCLUDES NEEDS ASSESSMENT – $40,475,339 

{CLICK HERE FOR GDRSD PROPOSED FY17 SCHOOL BUDGET}

Groton would be responsible for approximately 78%

Dunstable would be responsible for approximately 22%

HISTORY OF GRANTS

FY2007 – approximately $865,000

FY 2016 – approximately $750,000

STATE FUNDING

FY 2015 only 30% of overall cost was funded by the state