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Superintendent Presents FY '13 Budget

Kathleen Bodie's budget would cut 16 teaching assistants but proposes hiring an assistant superintendent and principals at the high school and Stratton Elementary.

on Thursday presented to the the first draft of the school district's budget, which assumes a 3.6 percent increase in revenue for fiscal year 2013.

Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said the priorities of this year's budget focus on maintaining level services, expanding Special Education programmatic needs and restoring administrative capacity district-wide, among others.

Bodie said she's hoping to also anticipate potential budgetary impact of contract negotiations and provide some teaching staff reserve, in case of enrollment increases.

The budget for fiscal year 2013 assumes about $50.5 million in revenue, where $44.6 would come from town appropriations, $2.1 would come from grants and $3.7 would come from revolving funds, such as and fees.

In total, the new budget would be a total increase in revenue of $1.75 million.

Among others, the new budget proposes the hiring of a full-time assistant superintendent, permanent principals at  and , and a full-time math curriculum director.

Bodie also emphasized the importance of keeping some reserve money for teachers and teaching assistants.

Schools Chief Financial Officer Diane Johnson explained to the committee that the new proposes a reduction of 16 teaching assistants district-wide. But the document also reserves enough money to hire five teaching assistants, in case there is need based on enrollment levels.

"We’re really getting rid of 16 positions," Johnson added. "We’ll hold the funding for these five positions in the back pocket."

What are your thoughts on this year's proposed budget? Find the document attached to the right of this article. Please leave your comments in the box below.

robert bartholomew February 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Athletic Fees? Should be applied to Athletics only!
Pedro Oliveira Jr. February 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Just a clarification, Robert:The athletic fees are part of the revenue stream. This doesn't mean they won't be used for athletics. As far as I know, that's what they will be used for.
Wogga February 10, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Hmm: Reduce actual teaching services and increase administration (overhead)? Sounds like a charity putting more into its offices and less into its stated cause. Do other towns around us have and need assistant Superintendents?
robert bartholomew February 11, 2012 at 10:17 PM
They pay for all coaches salaries as well as that of the AD and his secretary. Is there an Athletic Budget? Good Question. I would like to see documentation/proof
smerls February 14, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I agree!! What is the justification for this considering there is already a school board, a CFO, how many principals, and how many administrative staff?? There may not be a need for all the teaching assistants but do we really need a assistant superintendent!! Does this not confirm in part what those against the prop 2 1/2 override where saying?? In addition what about the town side, which is probably worse..do we really need an assistant/deputy town manager and information officer just to name a few. Anyway, Mr Oliveira it may be an interesting followup to this article to see what the justification is to add an assistant superintendent and what the assistant superintendent responsibilities will be and who is responsible for them now .

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