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Blackstone-Millville RSD FY 15 Budget Hearing. March 12, 2014 7:00 PM Molony -Sullivan Auditorium Blackstone-Millville HS. Perry P. Davis, Ed.D Interim Superintendent of Schools. Mission, Vision and Core Values School Committee Budget Assumptions and Goals Student Learning Needs

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Blackstone millville rsd fy 15 budget hearing

Blackstone-Millville RSDFY 15 Budget Hearing

March 12, 2014

7:00 PM

Molony-Sullivan Auditorium

Blackstone-Millville HS


Perry p davis ed d interim superintendent of schools

Perry P. Davis, Ed.DInterim Superintendent of Schools

  • Mission, Vision and Core Values

  • School Committee Budget Assumptions and Goals

  • Student Learning Needs

  • Budget Background Data

  • Building Based Budgets

  • Budget Drivers and Savings

  • Budget Increase FY 14 to FY 15

  • State Aid and District Revenues


Blackstone millville rsd

Blackstone-Millville RSD

  • Mission:

    • Our mission is to challenge students in a safe and stimulating environment where ideas are shared and change is embraced, good citizenship, and self-worth by providing flexible, supportive, and responsive learning environment characterized by high expectations. We are committed to the academic, social/emotional, and physical well-being of all.


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Blackstone-Millville RSD

  • Vision:

    • The Blackstone-Millville Regional School District embodies an appreciation of life-long learning; excellence in individual and educational programs; and shared accountability among students, staff, parents and citizens of the community. Everyone works together in an environment founded upon Trust, Integrity, Fairness, open-ended communication and the belief that all individuals can learn.


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Blackstone-Millville RSD

  • Core Values:

    • Academic Standards and Expectations

    • Leadership

    • Teaching and Professional Development

    • Climate and Learning Environment

    • Family and Community

    • Collaboration and Communication


School committee budget assumptions and priorities

School Committee Budget Assumptions and Priorities

  • Mission, Vision and Core Values

  • Need for highly qualified teachers and staff and to maintain current student to teacher ratios

  • Refinement of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment practices

  • Maintain educational resources and technology that supports student learning

  • Increase student achievement


School committee budget development goals

School Committee Budget Development Goals

  • Operating budget based on data to identify financial trends

  • Operating budget build based on student learning needs

  • DRAFT operating budget information shared with Blackstone and Millville asking for questions and feedback during the budget development process

  • Operating budget development that is transparent with full disclosure of fiscal information


Student learning needs

Student Learning Needs

  • A budget is the financial articulation of student learning needs

  • Curriculum – What we teach?

  • Instruction – How we teach it?

  • Assessment – How do we know students are learning and showing mastery of the content?


Student learning needs1

Student Learning Needs

  • Mastery of English language arts, reading, math, science, social studies, world languages, arts, physical education/health and technology

  • Focus on student development in three domains

    • Cognitive – Thinking

    • Affective – Social and Emotional

    • Psycho-Motor – Physical Development

  • Safe and supportive learning environment


Budget background data

Budget Background Data

  • Student enrollment

    • NESDEC student enrollment – 10 year projections

    • Impact of school choice students leaving and entering BMRSD

    • Student to teacher ratios (class size)

  • History of budget expenditures

    • Reviewed three years of expenditure data

    • Budget increases and decreases


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Budget Background Data

  • Fiscal challenges

    • New mandates for student services without direct funding

      • ELL Learners and Homeless Students

    • Increasing special education population with more moderate learning needs

    • School Choice and loss of Chapter 70 Aid

  • Fixed costs

    • Personnel contracts

    • Benefits - insurance

    • Building costs – heat, electricity, maintenance and grounds

    • Student transportation

    • Student safety and building security


Budget background data2

Budget Background Data

  • Fiscal opportunities

    • Rental of space to BICO Collaborative

    • Expanding special education services in the District to reduce transportation costs

  • Balancing student learning needs with fiscal realities in Blackstone and Millville

    • Chapter 70 Aid

    • Regional Transportation

    • School Choice ( + and – of Chapter 70 Aid)

    • Out of District Special Education placements

    • Out of District Vocational Education


Building based budgets

Building Based Budgets

  • High School

    • New personnel

      • 2.4 FTE – World Language, Information/Library and Physical Education (athletics)

    • Textbooks and Instructional supplies

    • NEASC Accreditation Process

  • Middle School

    • Commitment to Middle School Concept – Teacher Teams

    • Textbooks and Instructional supplies


Building based budgets1

Building Based Budgets

  • JFK/AFM – Blackstone

    • Literacy Professional Development

    • Textbooks and Supplies

    • Maintain current class size ratios

  • Millville Elementary

    • Literacy Professional Development

    • Textbooks and Supplies

    • Maintain current class size ratios


Building based budgets2

Building Based Budgets

  • Student Services

    • New Personnel

      • 1.6 new teachers (.6 High School and 1.0 Elementary)

    • Out of district placements

      • Tuitions – (Applied SPED Circuit Breaker Aid)

    • Transportation

      • Out of district transportation

    • Contracted services

      • Specialized services to meet the needs of students

    • Support Staff

      • Applied Federal Special Education Grant Funds


Building based budget

Building Based Budget

  • Professional Development

    • Literacy Initiative – 2nd of a 3 year program

    • Tuition reimbursement for teacher licensure

    • Instructional strategies to improve student learning

  • Technology

    • Maintain current level of technology support and infrastructure

    • Replace technology, as needed

    • No new major Technology Initiatives


Budget drivers

Budget Drivers

  • Contracted Salaries

  • Student Services

  • New Teaching Positions

  • Textbooks and Instructional Supplies

  • Information Technology

  • Athletics

  • Building Maintenance


Budget savings

Budget Savings

  • Heat and Electricity – (3 yr. average expenses)

  • Employee Benefits – Health Insurance

  • Networking – Telecommunications

    • No new major initiates in FY 15


Draft fy 15 budget compared to fy 14 budget

DRAFT FY 15 Budget Compared to FY 14 Budget

  • Regular Education

    • FY 14 - $17,378,246

    • FY 15 - $17,837,834

    • Difference - $459,588 (2.6%)

  • Student Services

    • FY 14 - $3,987,004

    • FY 15 - $4,253,145

    • Difference - $266,141 (6.7%)


Draft fy 15 budget compared to fy 14 budget1

Draft FY 15 BudgetCompared to FY 14 Budget

  • Total FY 15 Budget

    • $22,090,979 from $21,365,250

    • $725,729

    • 3.4% increase


Estimated fy 15 state aid

Estimated FY 15 State Aid


Fy 15 estimated district revenue

FY 15 Estimated District Revenue


District funds

District Funds

  • Certified E&D Fund529,044

  • MGL allows up to 5% of the budget to be in the E&D

  • BMRSD currently is at 2.5% of the FY 14 budget in E&D

  • E&D Fund is to provide for unanticipated or emergency expenses during the FY

  • E&D Fund is used to establish a bond rating along with the towns


Expenses vs revenue

Expenses Vs. Revenue

  • Operating Budget

    • 3.4% increase (725,729)

  • State Aid

    • 10,802,974 increase of 130,103

  • District Revenue

    • Decrease of (- 655,693)

  • Revenue Deficit

    • (- 525,590)


Capital costs

Capital Costs

  • Middle School Bond

  • Sewer Bond

  • JFK/AFM Roof Bond

  • High School Roof Bond


Fy 15 assessment deficit

FY 15 Assessment Deficit

  • Proposed FY 15 Budget22,090,979

  • Less State Aid10,802,974

  • Less Community Contributions 9,657,337

  • Less District Funds - 164,000

  • Assessment Deficit -1, 466,668


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FY 15 Assessment Deficit

  • No funds in the E&D account to lower the assessment to the Towns

  • Loss of Chapter 70 Aid for school choice students

  • Increased cost in student services (mandated)


Fy 15 impact on students

FY 15 Impact on Students

  • Reductions in teaching and support staff positions

  • Reductions in instructional supplies

  • Reductions in professional development


Fy 15 budget dilemma

FY 15 Budget Dilemma

  • The proposed operating budget, revenue deficit and its impact on the Regional Assessments?

  • It is all about the Assessment number.

  • How to fund the modest increase in the operating budget?

  • How to deal with the major deficit in District revenue to balance the FY 15 budget?


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FY 15 Budget Dilemma

  • What staff and programs will be reduced to address the revenue deficit and its impact on the Regional Assessment to each Town?

  • What funding options need to be discussed with Blackstone and Millville?

  • How to develop a long term plan to address the District Revenue Deficit?


Fy 15 budget decisions

FY 15 Budget Decisions

  • How to balance the operating budget to assessments to Blackstone and Millville?

  • What budget reductions need to be discussed and considered?

  • What is the impact on student learning?


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