SUPERINTENDENT’S PROPOSED 2017-2018 BUDGET
The 2017-2018 proposed budget represents the work of the entire Leadership Team who have studied and implemented the process of strategic budgeting and labored as a team to propose a school or department budget based on our District Improvement Plan and Individual School Improvement Plans which focus on increasing student achievement and future success.
The proposed 2017-2018 operating budget builds upon this year’s foundation of motivated and growth mindset teachers and students, a thriving Professional Development and Evaluation Committee, a revised Teacher Growth and Evaluation Plan, the beginnings of rigorous curriculum and benchmark assessments across all content areas, digital learning 2nd through 12th grade, professional development in the areas of social-emotional wellness, mathematics, special education, professional learning communities, and organizational health. The work of elementary curriculum leaders for English Language Arts/social studies and math/science and secondary curriculum leaders for English Language Arts, mathematics, social studies and science, as well as our elementary instructional coaches and a K -12 technology integrationist is building teacher capacity and providing engaging learning opportunities for students.
The focus of next year’s budget is to further increase teacher capacity to improve student learning and opportunities for student success. This budget invests in the growth of teachers because we know from research that the number one factor behind student achievement is a highly qualified teacher. Teacher and administrator growth equals student growth. The budget continues to support job-embedded personalized training and collaborative support to teachers through curriculum leaders, instructional coaches and our technology integrationist. The budget expands our special education coaching and consultation program to meet the needs of students with significant disabilities Pre-K – 3 maintaining the same costs. This programming has proven to be successful at meeting the needs of students and providing on-going training of teachers and paraprofessionals. This budget builds on our current math curriculum resources and provides professional development focused on training teachers and increasing student performance. The budget also provides resources to increase SHS math intervention services. The Superintendent’s proposed 2017-2018 budget reflects a strong investment in training, curriculum work, and instructional improvement.
A high performing school district in the 21 Century requires a strong infrastructure. The budget provides for high quality staffing and resources to procure appropriate class sizes, comply with federal and state mandates and deliver service demands in special education. Necessary staffing, support, and professional development to ensure the continuous development of highly qualified certified staff is achieved by strategically reducing paraprofessionals and academic support staff and reducing over two teacher FTEs through attrition. Funding is allocated to continue the support of a reliable effective technology network and a 1:1 digital environment.
Budget increases are included for our current union contracts, an increase in health insurance, and an increase in tuition for special education outplacements.
The resulting budget is $34,831,383 that reflects an increase of $601,139 and represents a 1.76% year-to-year increase.
This budget builds on a solid foundation to continuously improve services and learning opportunities for students while ensuring support and training for highly effective teachers who will deliver rigorous instruction as they prepare our students for success in the world of tomorrow.
Superintendent's Budget Presentation at Town Meeting May 2017 - PDF
Superintendent's Revised Budget Presentation Feb. 2017 - PDF
Superintendent's Budget Presentation Dec. 2016 - PDF
Budget Questions and Answers
Department Budget Presentations