Overview

Below there is information about the 2016 fiscal year budget.  All initial budget requests, along with other documents generated during the deliberations, are available to the lower right in the menu under “Related Documents.”

Overview

The FY16 budget cycle began on Monday, January 12th with presentations from the principals and program managers that allowed for the School Committee to hear requests directly from district administrators. For each school, these requests were presented alongside the School Improvement Plans which outline the goals and objectives for the upcoming year. In addition, all district administrators presented their budget requests to the committee. Meetings were held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, January 12th – 14th from 6:00 to 8/8:30 PM each night.


All documents are available under ‘Related Documents’ to the right. More information will be posted as we go through the process.


The remaining budget schedule is as follows: (All meetings are at 7:00 PM in the High School Library unless otherwise noted.)

  1. Saturday, January 24th  —  8:00 AM in CO Conference Room  —  School Committee Budget Workshop
  2. Wednesday, February 4th  —  Intial Budget Presentation to Committee
  3. Wednesday, February 11th  —  Continued Deliberation and Forma Vote on a Tentative Budget
  4. Wednesday, February 25th  — Public Hearing on the FY15 Proposed Budget
  5. Wednesday, March 11th  —  Final Budget Approval
Updates& Docs

October 14, 2015 Update: Fall Adjusted Budget

Each fall, an adjusted budget is produced to align projected line items expenditures with actuals. When planning begins 9 months before the start of the school year, assumptions are made on staffing, including retirements, resignations, and new hires. However, personnel changes that we aren’t able to predict occur routinely, and costs associated with these changes vary. As such, the fall adjusted budget aligns the actual changes in personnel with line item detail. Of note this year were significant cuts in staffing that were budgeted as aggregate decreases at the end of each school based budget detail. In this FY16 Adjusted Budget, you can see the reductions are not longer generalized there, and are detailed in the correct line item detail.

It’s important to reiterate that there is NO change in the overall operating expenditures of $37,824,311 that was approved on March 11, 2015. This adjusted budget merely re-categorizes spending for accuracy, and there is no overall net change in spending, and therefore any change to Town assessments, as outlined on page 2 of the FY16 Adjusted Budget document.


March 12, 2015 Update: Final Budget Approved
At its meeting yesterday evening the School Committee approved an FY16 Final Budget that increases total spending over the current year by $895,577, or 2.43%. This final figure includes the reductions outlined in the Tentative Budget, and an additional $445,534 in cuts since that budget was approved on February 11th. These further reductions were necessary because of changes in state aid and calculation formulas that put additional burden on the member towns. This is a growing trend, and continues to create significant challenges for Triton member towns, especially when the formula provides for a $50,000 reduction for one Town, while the other two pick up the entire assessment as is the case this year.

Below is a cumulative listing of all the reductions that are assumed in the FY16 Final Budget. These are changes from a Level Services budget, and can be found by version in the entire budget document linked above. This includes reductions of $168,600 included in the Level Services, $1,157,990 in the Tentative Budget, and $445,534 in the Final Budget, bringing the total reductions to $1,772,124 below a Level Services budget.

Reduction in School Choice $    (75,000) Loss of 15 seniors graduating off Choice roster
Data Coach Stipends $    (33,687) 4 at each Elementary, 2 at MS, 5 at HS @ $1,773
Leadership Council Stipends $    (29,550) 5 Per School = 25 x $1,182 = $29,550
NES Interventionist (0.5 FTE) $    (41,500) Salary & Benefit Savings – Unemploy Offset
PGS Reading Recovery (1.0 FTE) $    (58,980) Salary & Benefit Savings – Unemploy Offset
MS: Interventionist (1.0 FTE) $    (80,263) Salary Savings – Retiree
DIST:  0.4 FTE Psychologist $   (32,000) Don’t increase from 1.6 to 2.0 FTE as proposed
Early Childhood Coordinator $   (50,000) Retiree – Duties combined with existing roles
NES Classroom Reductions:           (3.0 FTE’s) Grades 1, 2, and 4 $  (151,000) Resulting Class Sizes: Roughly 19 in Grade 1, 20/21 in Grade 2, and 19/20 in Grade 4
PGS Classroom Reductions:           (2.0 FTE’s) Grades 2 and 6 $  (114,000) Resulting Class Sizes: Roughly 20 in Grade 2, and 22 in Grade 6
SES Classroom Reductions:           (1.0 FTE) Grade 1 $   (32,000) Resulting Class Sizes: Roughly 19 in Grade 1
HS – (5.0 FTE)                                   Reduction – Sections TBD $ (250,000) Assumes mostly partial section reductions
General Benefit Savings $   (48,000) Assumes 3 RIF’s (non-retiree) $16,000 savings each
Special Ed OOD Tuitions $   (115,010) Changes in Assumptions: 2 graduate, 1 age out
Transportation $  (187,200) Cut 4 Bus Runs – 2 @ NES, 1 @ PGS, 1 @ SES
Cut Late Busses $    (59,040) Late Bus at SES ONLY – 3 days/week, 2 busses
Cutting PD Subs/InService $   (42,000) Cut district lines -PD Subs and InService Programs
 Medical Insurance $     117,849 Added Costs! Adjust Rates to 10.9% Renewal
 Charter Increase $       83,670 Added Costs! Adjust Per Gov’s Budget
 Loss of Quality Full Day K Grant $      43,000 Added Costs! Grant Not Funded
 Dental Insurance $    (43,986) FY16 Renewal came in as a 2% reduction
 Reduce Assumed Medicare Cost $   (25,000) Function of Total Payroll – Adjusted for Cuts
 Additional K-6 Retirement $    (33,703) Recently notified
 Additional HS Retirement $    (35,000) Replace with existing RIF – No Unemployment
 Reduction of IA’s $   (28,800) Reduction of 3 IA’s, due to changed IEP’s.
 District Admin Reduction $     (75,927) Reduction of Curriculum/Assessment Coordinator
 District Admin Reduction $    (55,488) Reduction of Differentiation Specialist
 Title IIA Grant Funds $   (36,000) Moving additional costs into the Title IIA Grant
 No Raise: Senior Administrators $    (19,680) CO Administrators & Principals – No Raise
 Reduction: HS Administration $   (70,000) Reduction of one High School Administrator
 Cut 1 Prof. Dev. Day – Teachers $   (99,000) Reduction of 1 work day, work year 183 to 182
 Energy Savings $   (26,000) Savings by “Safe Passage” in halls
 Parking Fees Increase $    (15,000) Increase Fee to $360 (double)
 No Athletics Line Increases $    (38,829) Fund All Non-Salary Lines at FY15 Levels
 Athletics Fees Increase $    (15,000) Football/Swimming to $450 & Hockey to $550
 Total Reductions:  $(1,772,124) All Cuts Outlined in All Budget Versions

February 12, 2015 Update: Tentative Budget Approved

At its meeting yesterday evening the School Committee reviewed a proposed Tentative Budget. At the conclusion the committee adopted a budget that is currently $35,200 more than the budget proposed, and $59,000 more than the figure required to meet the 4% target it set. If approved as the Final Budget, the average increase to the towns would be 4.21%, and town by town calculations are not able to be made until the Governor releases his budget (House 2) on March 4th.

Changes from the update circulated on February 5 and posted below are shown in BOLD CAPITALS below. You will see that some issues remain under review. The committee will hold a public hearing on February 25, 2015. As stated, the Governor is not expected to release his budget proposals before March 4. The committee must approve the Final Budget on March 12, 2015. The full Tentative Budget posted to the links at the right under Related Documents, or by clicking HERE.

Issue Explanation
Transport Reduce the number of buses by 4 runs a day – fuller buses while maintaining reasonable travel times
Eliminate late buses BUDGET REDUCED FROM $70K to $50K TO MAINTAIN ACCESS TO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS.
School Choice Assume 15 of 19 “choiced-out” seniors graduate (reduces expenditure)
Energy Budget natural gas costs on the basis of recent average rather than last year (reduces expenditure)
Excess and Deficiency (Rainy Day) Fund Increase the contribution from $100K to $250K to balance budget
Health Benefits Assume reduction in costs associated with reduction in personnel
Elementary Schools Reduce teaching positions by 6 (including 2 retirements). Class sizes in affected grades/schools increase to:

Grade 1: 19, Grade 2: 19/20, Grade 4: 19/20; Grade 6: 22

Math and Literacy Specialists – maintain one position in each school
Middle School Non-replacement of Interventionist (retiring)
High School Merger of small classes across program areas to maintain breadth of opportunity while avoiding small Classes (5 fte positions) 4 FTE POSITIONS
PE waiver for junior/senior multi-sport athletes
Special Education Reduction of 3 out-of-district tuitions
K-12 Suspend Data Coach stipends
Suspend Leadership Council stipends
District Office Reduce CUT Early Years Coordinator position to minimum
Professional Development Reduce full-days by 1   CUT NOT CONTRACTUAL PD IN-SERVICE AND SUBSTITUTE BUDGET. RETAIN THE THIRD PD DAY.
K-8 Math Program Adoption Assess possibility of 3 year payment schedule
School Resource Officer Add funding  FUNDING ADDED
Compensation Assume outstanding CBAs agreed similar to teachers and IAs
Review administrators, and admin/clerical support
Other No change in student fees
No savings achievable from early retirement incentive program


February 5, 2015 Update:


At its meeting yesterday evening the School Committee considered a variety of approaches in order to  develop a budget that would restrict the cost increase to the towns to about 4%. Details will not be confirmed until their meeting on February 11, 2015. In the meantime the following issues are under consideration:

Issue Explanation
Transport Reduce the number of buses by 4 runs a day – fuller buses while maintaining reasonable travel times
Eliminate late buses ***
School Choice Assume 15 of 19 “choiced-out” seniors graduate (reduces expenditure)
Energy Budget natural gas costs on the basis of recent average rather than last year (reduces expenditure)
Excess and Deficiency (Rainy Day) Fund Increase the contribution from $100K to $250K to balance budget
Health Benefits Assume reduction in costs associated with reduction in personnel
Elementary Schools Reduce teaching positions by 6 (including 2 retirements). Class sizes in affected grades/schools increase to:

Grade 1: 19, Grade 2: 19/20, Grade 4: 19/20; Grade 6: 22

Math and Literacy Specialists – maintain one position in each school
Middle School Non-replacement of Interventionist (retiring)
High School Merger of small classes across program areas to maintain breadth of opportunity while avoiding small Classes (5 fte positions) ***
PE waiver for junior/senior multi-sport athletes ***
Special Education Reduction of 3 out-of-district tuitions
K-12 Suspend Data Coach stipends
Suspend Leadership Council stipends
District Office Reduce Early Years Coordinator position to minimum***
Professional Development Reduce full-days by 1 (would need negotiation) ***
K-8 Math Program Adoption Assess possibility of 3 year payment schedule ***
School Resource Officer Add funding
Compensation Assume outstanding CBAs agreed similar to teachers and IAs
Review administrators, and admin/clerical support ***
Other No change in student fees
No savings achievable from early retirement incentive program

***  The committee has asked for further information

FY16 Requests

The first step in the formal budget process is to have the 5 district schools present their School Improvement Plans to the school committee. These state mandated plans are generated by the School Council at each location and articulate the goals for the upcoming year. The school improvement plans were presented on Monday, January 12th and Tuesday, January 13th.

These Improvement Plans can be found on the next tab.

Following the presentation of the School Improvement Plans, the principals then present a budget proposal that they feel will allow them to achieve the goals outlined in the School Improvement Plans. The proposals generally include new spending in areas specified in the SIP. The administration is very well aware of the financial constraints on the towns. With that in mind the goal was to present a proposal that represented adequate funding, whether or not the spending will be feasible. These budget proposals were also presented along with the School Improvement Plans on January 12th and 13th.

In addition to the principals’ budget proposals, there were also program proposals from the Chief Academic Officer, the Special Education Administrator, and Technology Coordinator, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent. These were presented to the School Committee on Wednesday, January 14th. In additional, an update to the 2015 – 2020 Capital Improvement Plan was provided to the committee.

All budget documents can be found along with past years’ budget documents on the District Budget page.

School Improvement Plans