RCL notes of School Budget Committee Public Hearing Jan. 11, 2017

1.  The Budget Committee revoted its approval of the school operating budget after a $67,906 increase to pay for Rye’s share of a new Assistant Business Manager at the SAU 50 office (0:00 elapsed).
2.  A resident challenged the need for an approximately $330,000 increase in the Special Education Budget, which is up from approximately $1 million to $1.7 million since 2013.  During the same time period, the budgets at the two schools (excluding Special Education) are flat, necessitating teacher reductions as salaries increase.  Rye Junior High enrollments are declining as parents are choosing to send their children elsewhere (17:13 elapsed).
3.  The calculation of the default budget was challenged.  It is only $120,000 less than the proposed operating budget, which is up approximately $650,000 from 2016-2017.  The default budget is supposed to equal the prior year’s budget, with certain adjustments specified by law (86:59 elapsed).
4.  Article 2, to add $75,000 to the School Buildings and Grounds Expendable Trust, received general support (115:32 elapsed).
5.  Article 3, to form a committee to study combining the two schools in on location, was discussed (134:08 elapsed).

3 Responses to “RCL notes of School Budget Committee Public Hearing Jan. 11, 2017” Subscribe

  1. Charlotte Rist March 8, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

    The comment that the reason there are declining enrollments at RJH due to “parents choosing to send their kids elsewhere” is misleading and wrong. Parents have always made decisions to send their kids to private schools, other schools or home schooled for a variety of reasons. There are many other factors that affect enrollment numbers, like housing affordability, and less people nationwide choosing to not have children. Please be careful of comments you make and the impact it could have on ones reputation!

    • sborne April 5, 2017 at 12:17 am #

      During the preparation of the budget presentation, one of the charts shows that this is happening at a greater rate. A larger portion of the children who were at RES are not going to RES.

      • Charlotte Rist April 13, 2017 at 2:51 pm #

        I realize what the budget presentation says, however the statement “Rye Junior High enrollments are declining as parents are choosing to send their children elsewhere”
        implies that is the ONLY reason why they are declining, which is not true. Making statements like only leads to more misinformation for the public.

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