February 15, 2019
“Promoting student success in all areas, as we strive for academic excellence while maintaining fiscal responsibility.”
We continued the review of program budgets at the February 6thRSU #38 School Board meeting.
Technology Director Diane MacGregor reported on requests for the instructional technology budget. The budget includes new network equipment, as follows: two Cisco 5500 Airnet Controllers, one for the Middle School and one for the High School; 5 UPS units – one for each elementary school, and one for the MS/HS; and 2 DHCP Servers that will improve network security for the entire district. The total cost for this network equipment is $12,100.00, but since this equipment qualifies for reimbursement through the federal E-Rate program (60% E-Rate reimbursement), the total budget increase for this equipment is $4,840.00.
Special Education Director Ryan Meserve reported on the budget requests for the special education budget. By law school districts are expected to provide for the needs of special education students as outlined in their Individual Education Plans. This budget includes developing a High School Behavioral Support Program similar to existing programs at Readfield Elementary School and the Middle School. Students currently being served in the middle school program will be moving up to the high school. To continue to support our students in need of substantial behavioral, academic, and functional support as we are currently providing in grades K-8, we are proposing expanding the program at the high school level. The total start-up costs for this program will be $175,000 to $195,000. It is important to note that the cost of not starting this program and potentially placing students in other programs in the area could cost up to $187,050.00 ($44,850 tuition per student, and $17,500 per student for transportation).
I reported on the English Language Learners (ELLs) budget. Our ELLs population is projected to remain constant for FY20 and budget increases are due to increases in salary and benefits in accordance with the negotiated agreement.
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Nancy Harriman reported on the Gifted and Talented (GT) budget. Our GT population is projected to remain constant for FY20 and budget increases are due to increases in salary and benefits in accordance with the negotiated agreement.
The next RSU #38 Budget meeting will be held on February 27, 2019 at 6:30 in the Student Center at Maranacook Community High School. Please try to attend this important meeting. We will be reporting on the Facilities and Maintenance portion of the budget. You can also sign up to speak during the “Citizens Comments Regarding the Budget” portion of the meeting. I urge you to be part of our budget development process as we work to develop a FY20 RSU #38 budget.
Superintendent of Schools