PUBLIC WRKSHOP 12-11-19 FY 21 proposed budget (1)
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ROCKPORT PUBLIC SCHOOLS BUDGET MESSAGE FOR FY21 (SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021): 11-20-19
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"MODEL ONE---FULL PREDICTED OVERRIDE"
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·      The construction of our annual budget is complex, and begins very early in our school year.  First, the Superintendent and School Committee update the Rockport School District Strategic Plan. The Plan is intended to guide us in attaining continuous student improvement - our primary responsibility. In revising our Plan, we reflect on last year's progress, and project on next year's needs. Before revisions are finalized,  the draft updated Plan is broadly distributed for input from the community. Budgeting decisions, such as those related to school safety training, mentoring, or other personnel or program changes, stem from and are tested against the Strategic Plan  
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·      The proposed Rockport Public Schools budget for the 2021-2022 school year reflects an overall increase of 2.83% which meets the “Town-School Model”, now in its sixth year, whereby the school department makes all attempts to hold its yearly operational increase to no more than 3% without jeopardizing educational services and while still allowing for slow but steady improvements over time to the programs benefiting the students attending our schools and the town makes all attempts to provide a 2.3% yearly increase in base funding providing the increase in health insurance costs do not exceed 5%
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·      The school budget increase of 2.83% reflects conservative funding levels for negotiated new contractual labor costs of 1.45% for teachers, support staff, administrators and other school employees and level funding for the majority of the other expense categories unless detailed and explained below:
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Major new increases are budgeted in the following areas: ($109,500)
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1. Additional cost to fund contractual teacher lane movement ($8,000)
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2. Additional cost of district wide school substitutes to adjust for higher minimum wage requirements and higher use history ($37,000)
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3. Higher costs for contracted Out of District Special Education Coordinator ($15,000)
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4. Adjustment to cover overall utility costs ($10,000)
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5. Adjustment to cover potential higher fuel oil heating costs ($10,000)
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6. Amount to cover 5 year bus lease to purchase costs ($4,000)
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7. ELL curriculum ($5,500)
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8. Address issue of shortage of bus drivers ($20,000)
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Capital requests for next year submitted to the CIPC ($232,111):
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*. The purchase of 1 new school busses replacing last 11-year old vehicle w overhead rack and under carriage storage area ($93,000)  
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*  Continued replacement of crumbling sidewalks and courtyard areas ($55,000/Phase 2 of 3---replace sidewalks in front of MS/HS area)
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*   Replacement of two worn out floor finishing/waxing machines ($15,675)
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*   Replacement of handicapped lift to cafeteria at MS/HS ($37,500)
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*  Replacement of auditorium lighting dimmer system ($39,936)
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OVERRIDE MESSAGE
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* As the school department has been predicting for several years since the town/school funding model has been in place, the time has now come to fund an Override of the propostion 2 1/2 limitations in order to fully fund the schools in providing the present level of excellent educational services for the students that attend the Rockport Public Schools. It has been more than 10 years since the last over ride to support the education of our children in the Rockport Public Schools
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* Without an Override, our school reserves are predicted to fall to an estimated critically low level of only $105,799 ($400 K is considered the failsafe amount) at the end of the upcoming budget cycle next year which would necessitate several hundred thousand dollars worth of cuts to both personnel and programs presently in place in our schools.
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* The passage of this well documented and predicted override will allow us to continue to make incremental improvements to the schools over the coming years to benefit the children that we serve. These improvements are anticipated to focus upon worthy eduational endeavors such as potentially lengthening the school day at the elementary level to provide more core instructional time, expanding our STEM offerings, adding much needed elective coures, possibly moving to a later start time for older students to respond to research on the optimal sleep patterns of adolescents and increasing our foreign language instruction to our younger students.uire
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OVERRIDE SCENARIO
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