BUDGET UPDATE -- 1/31/18
PTA Council 2018-19 Budget Overview
On January 22, 2018, Dr. Baldwin presented the “Superintendent’s Recommended Operating Budget for FY 2018-19” to the Board of Education. This is the Superintendent’s proposal only; it has not yet been analyzed, modified or approved by the Board of Education.
Recommended 2018-19 Budget Request is $97,110,435.
This represents a 4.83% increase in spending ($4,476,891) over the 2017-18 budget.
Projected Total Enrollment 2018-19 – 4838 students
Projected Total Enrollment 2017-18 – 4917 students
Actual Total Enrollment 2017-18 – 4912 students
Elementary Schools – 1992 projected (2017-18: 2007 projected; 2017 actual)
Middle Schools – 1205 projected (2017-18: 1199 projected; 1205 actual)
High School – 1641 projected (2017-18: 1711 projected; 1680 actual)
The primary budget drivers are:
Proposed Certified Staffing Changes:
+1.0 FTE Special Education Teacher (MS) [added after 2017-18 budget and continuing]
+5.0 FTE SPED Instructional Paras [added after 2017-18 budget and continuing]
+2.0 FTE Math Specialists (MS)
+2.0 School Psychologists (ES/MS)
+3.0 FTE Special Education Teachers (ES/MS)
+1.0 FTE Board Certified Behavior Analyst (ES/MS)
+0.5 FTE Speech & Language Therapist (ES)
-1.0 FTE Teacher (ES) [*see below]
-1.2 FTE Art Teachers (ES) [each ES art teacher will be reduced from 1.0 to 0.8 FTE]
-4.90 FTE Teachers (MS) [elimination of an ERMS Grade 7 team plus contingency]
-2.0 FTE English Teachers (HS) [**see below]
-0.075 FTE Teacher (HS)
* Also, 3.0 ES teachers added after 2017-18 budget will not be continuing; therefore, actual reduction of 4.0 FTE ES teachers from 2017-18 staffing (101 FTE in 2017-18 budget; 104 FTE in 2017-18 actual; 100 FTE in 2018-19 budget)
Proposed Program Changes:
Middle Schools – elimination of Family and Consumer Science; addition of “Project Lead the Way” (which includes hardware, software, training and support costs)
**High School – reduction of 2 FTE English teachers and changes in the long-standing writing conference program. [Most full-time high school teachers teach 5 classes/sections; in the English department, a full-time teachers carry 4 classes/sections and conduct writing conferences twice each year with each of their students. Reducing FTE in the English department means expanding the teacher course load to 5 classes/sections, leaving the fate of the writing conference program uncertain.]
Teachers College Literacy Lab Sites – costs previously covered by grant now reflected in RPS operating budget -- $96,900 increase in professional development
January 29 -- Special BOE Workshop Meeting for Budget (Health Benefits, Athletics &Title IX)
February 5 – Special BOE Workshop Meeting for Budget (Teaching & Learning, Special Education & Related Service)
These meetings are part of the BOE Budget workshop and will not follow usual meeting format; no public comment period provided in these meetings.
February 12 -- Regular BOE Meeting -- Budget Questions/Answers -- Public Comment
February 24 -- Public Hearing -- Public Comment
February 26 -- Public Hearing and BOE Meeting Budget Vote -- Public Comment
Click here for a copy of the proposed budget packet.
Click here for a copy of Dr. Baldwin's PowerPoint presentation from January 22, related to the budget proposal.