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  1. Mendham Township School District 2013-2014 Proposed Budget March 21, 2013

  2. Budget-Development Process Site-based review (school and department) Zero-Based Approach + District-level review + Board of Education review + Public input = Informed, student-centered decision making

  3. Continuous improvement in student achievement Provide support for students in order to meet benchmarks Offer high quality experiences across the curriculum Guarantee 21st century learning preparation Maintain safe and efficient facilities Present a fiscally sound and responsible budget Budget Goals – Guiding Principles

  4. Current Constraints • 3 Year Growth • Operating Budget 3.25% • Tax Levy 0.00% • Decrease in State Aid - Including Debt Service Assessment • 2013/2014 $33,444 • Escalating Insurance Premiums • Health insurance 20% $246,221 • Property and casualty 8% $8,625 • Escalating Utility Cost $63,000 New Jersey Debt Service Assessment 10/11 $2,113, 11/12 $44,968, 12/13 $61,714, 13/14 $95,159

  5. Fixed Costs: 83.5% Discretionary Funds: 16.5%

  6. Sources of Revenue 2013-2014

  7. 2013-2014 Proposed Budget Budget Snapshot 2012-2013 Budget General fund: $15,505,094 Revenue highlights State aid: $320,943 Fund balance: $501,266 Capital reserves withdraw: $87,421 13/14 Tax levy: $13,895,226 General fund: $15,386,241 Revenue highlights State aid: $354,387 Fund balance: $386,314 Includes capital reserve deposit: $90,465 12/13 Tax levy: $13,895,226 2013/2014 = 0% increase to the local tax levy

  8. How Does The Proposed School Budget Impact On Your Current Local Tax Rate? IF YOUR HOME IS ASSESSED AT: $100,000 = $3.20 $500,000 = $16.00 $912,203* = $28.00 *Average Assessed Value. Tax Impact Is For 2013-2014 TAX IMPACT 2013 Mendham Township Total Ratables: $1,884,689,000 (-$5,570,447)

  9. Legal Services through NJSBIG • Using legal advisement vs. Board Council • Shared services • Monthly meetings with regional administrators • Professional development • Equipment and facilities with Mendham Township • Consolidate Student Information Systems, Child Study Team Systems, and Teacher Evaluation Tools • E-Rate Services Cost Cutting Initiatives Our district has constantly focused on identifying ways to reduce expenses without sacrificing quality. As part of our ongoing effort to share services and reduce cost, these are areas of focus in 2013-2014.

  10. Curriculum and Instruction Highlights • New 6-8 mathematics text • New Math Supplemental Software • Math/ELA Supplemental Instruction Programs • ACHIEVE NJ - Teacher evaluation training/resources • Wireless networking of MTES • Technology upgrades in hardware and software to maintain state of the art technology integration and programming Every Student, Every Day

  11. Capital and Maintenance Projects Goal: To continue to invest in the maintenance of school facilities and to continue to enhance the energy efficiency of the facilities MTES Facility Projects • Sidewalk Repair • Wireless Internet Installation • Boiler Room Door Replacement • Security Upgrades • Kitchen Repairs/Equipment Replacement • Tree Removal • Roof repair • Septic Maintenance $80,145

  12. Capital and Maintenance Projects MTMS Facility Projects • Driveway Drainage Work • New 2nd Floor Lockers • Hallway and Classroom Painting • Roof Repair • Septic Maintenance • Tree Removal $94,300 District-wide Energy Conservation Projects • Update fluorescent light fixtures from T8 to T5 • Replace outdoor lighting with LED flood lights • Installation of motion sensors $31,700* *average payback of energy conservation projects is 3-4 years

  13. Our Students Thrive • MTMS New Jersey Reward School for high achievement (10-11, 11-12) and high growth (11-12) • Highest achieving middle school in NJ • MTES New Jersey Reward School (2010-2011) for high growth • Award winning instrumental and vocal music • Wide array of enrichment programs • In-depth support services • 4 Morris County athletic titles thus far in 2012/2013 • Dynamic, talented, and committed teaching staff • Impressive, well maintained facilities

  14. Success Shall Continue • Serve every child’s needs • Continuous improvement in student achievement • Provide support for students in order to meet benchmarks • Offer high quality experiences across the curriculum • Guarantee 21st century learning preparation • Maintain safe and efficient facilities • Present a fiscally sound and responsible budget Make the residents of Mendham Township proud Every Student, Every Day!

  15. Voter Support is Necessary The support of the Mendham Township voters is required to implement the proposed budget. If the budget is defeated by the voters, it will then go before the Township Committee for consideration which could result in reductions. Reductions in the proposed District budget may lead to: • Increased class sizes • Program elimination • Elimination or reduction of building maintenance projects • Exclusion of new technology purchases and replacements

  16. Future Budget Meetings • April 1, 2013, 7:30 PM • Township Committee Meeting • Town Hall • April 6, 2013, 9:30 AM • HSA Meeting • Mendham Township Elementary School • April 9, 2013, 11:00 AM • Mendham Township SD Radio – Special Budget Edition • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mendhamtwpsd

  17. 2013/2014 Budget Question Ballot Question will read: Resolved, That there should be raised for the General Fund $13,895,226.00 for the ensuing School Year 2013-2014. 0% Tax Levy Increase

  18. Tuesday, April 16, 2013 • Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Districts 1, 3, 4, and 5 vote at the Brookside Fire House • District 2 votes at the Ralston Firehouse. • You can obtain an application for an absentee ballot at MTES or MTMS, the County Clerk’s office, or download one from our website, www.mendhamtwp.org or www.NJElections.org

  19. Board and Public Comments