FY2011 Budget Update

We finished presenting the last parts of the FY2011 budget to the school committee last night along with a proposed list of Warrant Articles.

The School Committee requested that they see the un-cut requests from every department as a starting point.  The total of all of the requests required about a 5% increase from last year’s budget.  As stated in a prior post:

FY2010 Budget: $36,185,767

Proposed FY2011 Budget: $37,988,845

An increase of $1,803,077 or about 5%

The guideline provided to the school district is 2.5% leaving us a $900,000 deficit to close.  The next steps will involve creating a menu of reductions to present to the School Committee on the evening of April 6th.

There are no easy reductions to make in a school’s operating budget because we are a salary driven organization with established contracts to honor as the major part of the budget.

Professional Salaries = 69.8% – $26,518,547

Support Salaries = 14.3% – $5,443,285

Contracted Services = 9.5% – $3,598,455

Transportation = 2.6% – $983,096

Supplies = 2.4% – $894,212

Textbooks = 0.8% – $296,856

Equipment = 0.7% – $254,394

Warrant Articles

It is important to stress that the list of Warrant Articles is preliminary.  We will pare them down as the money available for Warrants is identified.  Moreover, this money is used for both Town and School District projects and does not impact the operating budget summarized above.  

The items are taken from the district’s ten-year capital plan.  If there is not funding or we do not obtain approval at Town Meeting, then the projects get placed back on the capital plan.  The list is NOT prioritized and we are still waiting for estimates on some of the projects.

Article 1: Marshall Simonds Middle School Renovation, TBD

Article 2:  System-wide Repaving Program, $500,000

Article 3: BHS Interior Bleacher Replacement, $230,000

Article 4: BHS Bathroom Renovations, $60,000

Article 5: BHS Access Road Lighting, $120,000

Article 6: BHS Administrative Area Renovations, $85,000

Article 7: Pine Glen Administrative Area Renovations, $35,000

Article 8: Pine Glen Roof replacement, $66,000

Article 9: Fox Hill Cafe’ Floor Replacement, $30,000

Article 10: Francis Wyman Auditorium Chair Replacement, $114,000

Article 11: Francis Wyman Library AC Installation, $75,000

Article 12: Town/District Computer Replacement, $200,000

Article 13: BHS Water Line Installation, TBD

Article 14: Pine Glen Floor Replacement (Flood Damage), TBD

Article 15: Francis Wyman Greenhouse, $10,000


2 thoughts on “FY2011 Budget Update

  1. Donna

    I believe that one way to trim the operating costs is to consider instituting a fee for transportation. The high school buses, specifically, are quite under-utilized, and perhaps a bus study is in order to examine the need as a cost-saving measure.


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