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Mendon-Upton Regional School District. Operating Budget Request Fiscal Year 2010. Agenda. Educational Funding Overview & Implications 2010 Budget Summary Cost Drivers Funding Sources Proposed Reductions District Comparisons Cost Control Measures Reduced Budget Impact

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mendon upton regional school district

Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Operating Budget Request

Fiscal Year 2010

agenda
Agenda
  • Educational Funding Overview & Implications
  • 2010 Budget Summary
    • Cost Drivers
    • Funding Sources
    • Proposed Reductions
  • District Comparisons
  • Cost Control Measures
  • Reduced Budget Impact
  • Next Steps / Summary / Q & A

Mendon Upton Regional School District

ma general law chapter 70 school funds and state aid for public schools
MA General Law Chapter 70School Funds and State Aid for Public Schools

Step 1: Foundation Budget

The foundation budget is the minimum spending amount recommended per child under Massachusetts law.

The foundation budget is computed using a district’s student enrollment and demographics, which include grade levels, low income status and English language proficiency.

Each district has its own foundation budget, which is typically small; districts spend on average 118% of their calculated foundation budget.

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ma general law chapter 70 school funds and state aid for public schools1
MA General Law Chapter 70School Funds and State Aid for Public Schools

Step 2: Town’s Ability to Pay

A target “minimum local contribution” is established based on a town\'s wealth (Mendon and Upton are calculated separately).

Two measures of wealth are used:

Aggregate property values

Aggregate personal income levels

FY10 foundation budget calculations use 2008 property values and 2006 income levels.

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ma general law chapter 70 school funds and state aid for public schools2
MA General Law Chapter 70School Funds and State Aid for Public Schools

Step 3: Proportion of State vs. Local Aid

The target local share and target aid share for an individual town will vary in proportion to a town\'s wealth (as determined in step 2).

The state’s average spending targets are as follows:

State Aid: 41 percent (target aid share)

Local Aid: 59 percent (target local share)

Mendon’s and Upton’s target local share is now ~58-59%, matching the state average.

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ma general law chapter 70 school funds and state aid for public schools3
MA General Law Chapter 70School Funds and State Aid for Public Schools

Step 4: Transition to Target Local Share

Mendon and Upton have historically had a low target local share (~40%), with the state providing a high aid share (~60%).

That changed with the addition of personal income to the formula in 2006.

Transition factors are used so that the shift to target levels will occur gradually over a period of several years.

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implications of chapter 70 changes
Implications of Chapter 70 Changes

The State is gradually decreasing the amount of aid it provides to our District, and the Chapter 70 formula calls for local town contributions to slowly increase until target levels (~59%) are reached.

Local revenues remain constrained by Proposition 2½ and limited town growth.

For FY10, the governor is proposing to level fund Chapter 70. As a result, the state is not providing its legally required minimum contribution to our District.

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regional transportation expenses
Regional Transportation Expenses

Unlike non-regionalized districts, regional school districts in MA receive state reimbursement for transportation.

Despite a cost increase of $48,600 for our District, FY10 state reimbursement is expected to be ~$112K less than FY09.

After state reimbursement, the remaining cost of transportation is split between the two towns based on student population (per the terms of the regional agreement).

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budget summary mendon upton regional schools fy09
Budget Summary Mendon-Upton Regional Schools - FY09

Mendon Upton Regional School District

special education budget personnel non personnel expenses
Special Education BudgetPersonnel & Non-Personnel Expenses

FY07FY08FY09

Salaries $2,805,765 $3,298,638 $3,467,687

Out of District Tuitions $787,353 $790,450 $1,250,000

Non-Salary Expenses $1,221,955 $1,117,256 $1,322,327

(i.e. district programs, transportation, supplies, consultants)

TOTAL $4,815,073 $5,206,344 $6,040,014

FY09 actual SPED costs are expected to exceed budget by ~$800K; FY10 budget is anticipated to be ~$6.84M (24% of total budget)

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fy10 level service budget drivers
FY10 Level Service Budget Drivers

Special Education $805,201

Personnel $757,529

Health Insurance (projected) $290,113

Transportation $ 48,600

Worcester County Retirement $ 39,164

Total Level Service Budget: $1,940,607 (+7.05%)

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proposed fy10 budget 3 88
Proposed FY10 Budget (+3.88%)

FY09: $27,511,832

FY10: $28,579,558

Increase: $ 1,067,726 (+3.88%)

Funding needed: $187K – State/Stimulus

$697K – Towns

$190K – School District

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Funding Sources - State Aid

Change

FY09 Budget

FY10 Budget

NOTES:The Governor’s House Bill 1 level funds Chapter 70 for school districts statewide.

The District is expecting $299,755 from the Federal Stimulus Package to supplement this Chapter 70 aid and bring the state up to its legal foundation level.

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Funding Sources

Total Contribution - Upton

FY09 Budget

FY10 Budget

Increase

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Funding Sources

Total Contribution - Mendon

FY09 Budget

FY10 Budget

Increase

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Funding Sources - School District Contributions/Reimbursements

FY09 Budget

FY10 Budget

Increase

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percentage of total budget from all sources fy10
Percentage of Total Budget From All Sources - FY10

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fy10 proposed budget reductions from level service
FY10 Proposed Budget Reductions from Level Service

Personnel (10 positions):

Consolidation of SPED program (1) $56,000

Paraprofessionals (4) $95,000

Administrative Assistants (2) $51,575

Custodian (1) – attrition $50,272

Food Service (2) $26,663

Personnel Total: $279,510

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fy10 proposed budget reductions from level service1
FY10 Proposed Budget Reductions from Level Service

Expenses:

Retirement Offsets (6) $179,000

Utilities / Fuel Savings $150,000

General School Supplies $ 46,979

Maintenance Account $ 46,000

Athletics (supplies & freshmen sports) $ 34,000

Department Supplies (Nipmuc) $ 31,469

Stipends (7) $ 18,536

Late Bus $ 3,600

Expenses Total: $509,584

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district adjustment to level service budget
District Adjustment to Level Service Budget

Personnel: $279,510

Expenses: $509,584

New Revenue: $ 48,000

(School Choice – 8 @ Nipmuc)

Total: $837,094

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fy07 spending rankings for all categories 1 highest 329 lowest
FY07 Spending Rankings for all Categories (1=highest, 329=lowest)

Out of 329 districts reporting, our district ranks . . .

Administration – 320th

Instructional Leadership – 298th

Classroom and Specialist Teachers – 268th

Other Teaching Services – 300th

Professional Development – 168th

Instructional Materials – 67th

Guidance Counseling/Testing – 244th

Pupil Services – 193rd

Operations/Maintenance – 245th

Insurance/Retirement – 284th

Out-of District PPE’s – 155th

Information source: MA DESE Website

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Per Pupil Expenditures9th of 10 comparable communities(based on income, population and student enrollment)

State provided expenditures of comparable communities

DEDHAM 13,157 CANTON 11,105

HOLLISTON 10,856 ASHLAND 10,599

GROTON DUNSTABLE 10,284 FOXBOROUGH 9,956

HANOVER 9,611 MEDFIELD 9,472

MEDWAY 9,341 MENDON-UPTON 9,194

NORTH READING 9,049

MA State Average: $11,789

Information source: MA DESE Website

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mendon upton spends less than most districts fy07 mursd ranked 306 of 331 districts
Mendon-Upton Spends Less than Most Districts (FY07 MURSD ranked 306 of 331 Districts)

>92% of school districts spend more

<8% of school districts spend less

Mendon-Upton

$9194 per student per year

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fy07 average teacher salaries comparable communities mursd ranked last
FY07 Average Teacher Salaries(comparable communities – MURSD ranked last)

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Student to Instructional Personnel Ratio (not class size)In FY07, MURSD ranked last of 10 comparable communities
      • Dedham 13.0
      • Hanover 13.0
      • Holliston 13.4
      • Foxborough 14.5
      • Ashland 14.9
      • Medway 14.9
      • Medfield 15.1
      • Canton 15.4
      • Groton-Dunstable 16.0
      • North Reading 16.4
      • Mendon-Upton 19.0
  • Information source: MA DESE Website

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federal economic stimulus assistance
Federal Economic Stimulus Assistance

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 will provide funds to the school district through:

Existing education grants to states

General funds to support state fiscal stabilization

Funds made available under existing federal grants can only be used by eligible districts for specified purposes.

The District expects to receive $299,755 of Federal stimulus assistance to supplement the level Chapter 70 funding.

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district cost control measures
District Cost Control Measures

Acquired a grant from National Grid to retrofit the schools with new lighting and to reduce energy costs. Pursuing additional opportunities with local power company.

Negotiating with the bargaining unions across the district to find creative solutions to reduce impact of payroll increases.

Negotiated greater health insurance cost sharingwith employees and opened discussions with the towns to reduce health insurance costs.

Conducting transportation audit and investigating other cost sharing opportunities with other districts.

Increasing our choice populationat the high school.

Under a grant from MUEF, providing grant writing instructionto staff in order to bring additional funds to the district.

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what if requested funding isn t received
What if requested funding isn’t received?

Mendon Finance Committee has suggested a funding increase of $89,010over FY09 levels.

The corresponding Upton FY10 contribution would decrease from FY09 by $14,548.

Overall District budget: +$451,645 (+1.64%)

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impact of reduced 1 64 budget
Impact of Reduced (+1.64%) Budget
  • ~38 additional District employees would be impacted through a combination of cuts and reduced work hours
    • ~17 District employee positions would be cut (11 professionals and 6 para-professionals)
    • Remaining ~21 employees would have reduced work hours

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it s not all bad news
It’s Not All Bad News...
  • Curriculum Guides (PreK-12) assembled
  • K-5 Math program implemented (Investigations)
  • MCAS: Top 10% in state’s 10th grade test
  • Standards Based Elementary Report Card
  • Alert Now Communication System
  • IPASS Student Information System
  • Grade alignment transition going smoothly
  • Met AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) in all schools, all areas
  • 2008 four year Graduation Rate – 95.3% (24th best in state’s public schools)
  • Updated District Web Page
  • Energy Savings Initiative (National Grid)

Mendon Upton Regional School District

where do we go from here
Where Do We Go From Here?

Monitor status of stimulus funds – counting on ~$300K

Monitor towns’ contributions

Prioritize list of additional cuts (if needed)

NOTE: Additional cuts WILL impact the administration and teachers

Continue to look for options to reduce costs through:

Collaboration

Regionalization

Grants

Reminders:

Stimulus funds are short term

State will continue to push towns to 59% local contribution level

Translation: It’s not going to get any better in the future!

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summary
Summary

School District is asking the towns to meet minimum local contribution increase (3.88% budget increase)

If 3.88% budget is not achieved, additional cuts will be needed

Reminder: last year the District cut ~10 positions, half of them classroom teachers

Budget will change between today and town meetings

School Committee will monitor funding sources between today and both town meetings to determine a final budget for ratification by voters; more communications will follow

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fy10 budget
FY10 Budget

Questions?

Thank you for your support for

Mendon-Upton Regional Schools!

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backup info
Backup Info

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per pupil expenditures comparison communities
Per Pupil Expenditures(comparison communities)

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07 comparison community data
’07 Comparison Community Data

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