FY21 Budget Update

  • School Committee Approves FY21 Budget

    Posted by Michael MacMillan on 3/5/2020 2:00:00 PM

    The Cohasset School Committee voted to approve the FY21 Budget on March 4, 2020.  This budget, at $21,027,711, is a 3.4% increase from the FY20 budget.  In this budget the district will be able to invest in several key priorities, including:

    • Addition of a new Kindergarten section with a teacher and an educational support professional.
    • Adding a new bus driver to allow the district to change busing from three tiers (1. CMHS, 2. DHS and 3. JOS) to two tiers (1. CMHS and 2. DHS & JOS)
    • Investing in elementary math instruction – purchasing a new curriculum, adding a math support position at Deer Hill and an increase to the existing math resource teacher position at Joseph Osgood.
    • Increasing the Social and Emotional Learning supports provided to students by adding an third adjustment counselor at the Middle / High School. We are also increasing the Occupational Therapist at Joseph Osgood from 0.8 FTE to 1 FTE.
    • Investment in support services including adding a 0.5FTE custodian at CMHS and increasing the salaries for technology staff.

    This, and more, is made possible by this budget increase as well as increased state funding for special education costs and savings in utility costs.

    The full budget and the presentation given at the Public Hearing on the budget are available in the documents section below. 

    Next Steps

    The budget, voted on by the School Committee, will be included as part of the Town’s overall budget for FY21 to be approved at Town Meeting on May 4, 2020.  Before then, the School Committee and School Administration, will be discussing the school budget at a joint meeting with the Cohasset Board of Selectmen and Cohasset Advisory Committee. This meeting will be held on March 17, 2020 in the Willcutt Commons, 91 Sohier Street at 7pm and is open to the public.

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  • Governor's Budget

    Posted by Michael MacMillan on 2/6/2020 1:00:00 AM

    The first draft of the State's Budget indicated a little more money for Cohasset than was expected and the School District leadership team have firmed up the list of priority of items to be funded next year.  

    The first step in the development of the State's budget for FY21 was taken on January 22nd, when the Governor released his proposed budget.  This budget includes the proposed aid (funding) and assessments (charges) for municipalities.  The Governor's proposal will be examined by the House Committee on Ways and Means, which will then release its own proposed budget - see here for more information on the state budget process: https://malegislature.gov/Budget/FY2021/.

    The Governor's proposal indicated a slight improvement on Cohasset's forecast for FY21.  While the forecast state aid was within a dollar of the Governor's proposed budget, the state assessments were around $80,000 less than expected. 

    Further positive news was that the number of Cohasset students expected to attend the South Shore Vocational Technical High School was revised down reducing that cost to the town by $27,576. 

    This translated to an increase to the draft school budget of $26,534.  The reason it wasn't more was that the Technology department's budget was increased by $67,060 to fund more secure email software.  The Technology department supports the Town and School departments and it's budget is appropriated before the Town / School budget split is applied. 

    On Monday, February 3rd, the School Leadership team met to review the list of budget priorities for the next school year.  At this meeting, the following items were presented as essential for next year's budget.  

    Budget Item

    Reason for Need

    School

    FTE

    FY2021

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Increase in Kindergarten enrollment.

    JOS

    1

     $   60,330

    Additional Kindergarten ESP

    Increase in Kindergarten enrollment.

    JOS

    1

     $   21,568

    Increase in Bus Driver salary costs

    Move from three tier to two tier transportation system.

    District

    1

     $   28,889

    Math Curriculum (JOS)

    To replace existing Math Curriculum.

    JOS

     

     $   50,000

    Math Curriculum (DHS)

    To replace existing Math Curriculum.

    DHS

     

     $   50,000

    Increase Math resource teacher from 0.6 to 0.8

    To provide necessary level of support for students.

    JOS

    0.2

     $   15,309

    Increase Occupational Therapist from 0.8FTE to 1FTE

    To meet special education service requirements.

    JOS

    0.2

     $   17,729

    TOTAL CHANGE

    $243,825

    The District leadership team also ranked the next level of priorities.  These are items which are crucial for delivery of the district's budget priorites but are not essential to the operation of the district. 

    Budget Item

    School

    FTE

    FY2021

    FY2022

    FY2023

    Adjustment Counselor (shared with CHS)

    CMS

    0.5

     $   37,500

       

    Adjustement Counselor (shared with CMS)

    CHS

    0.5

     $   37,500

     

     

    Guidance Counselor

    CMS

    0.5 / 1

     $   32,578

     $   33,230

     

    Guidance Counselor

    CHS

    0.5 / 1

     $   32,578

     $   33,230

     

    Guidance Director / Lead

    CHS

    0

     $   12,120

     

     

    Reading Intervention Specialist

    CMS

    1

     $   60,330

     

     

    Additional Custodian

    CMHS

    1

     $   40,000

       

    Increase salaried for technology staff

    District

     

     $   16,016

     $   16,016

     $   16,016

     The final budget (and the priorities included) will have to be approved by the School Committee before being submitted to the Town. 

    What's next? 

    There will be a detailed budget presentation at the February 26 School Committee meeting (7pm, Cohasset Middle High School, Community Room). 

    There will then be a Joint meeting of the School Committee, Selectmen and Town Advisory Committee.  On March 4th, there will be a public hearing on the budget before the School Committee votes on the final budget to be submitted to the Town. 

    Any Questions?

    Please contact mmacmillan@cohassetk12.org with any questions you might have. 

     

     

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  • Capital Requests Submitted

    Posted by Michael MacMillan on 1/13/2020
    The district recently submitted twelve requests to the Town's Capital Planning committee.  These are: 
    • School Bus Lease
    • Replacement of the High School Gym Roof and roof top units.
    • Replacement of the Deer Hill School roof top units.
    • Funding for classroom furniture and technology
    • Replacement of Deer Hill School windows
    • Plumbing for additional science lab at the High School
    • Repairs to the sidewalk at the Middle High School (alongside Alumni field)
    • Painting of the High School corridors
    • Painting of High School auditorium (by the gym)
    • Replacement of corridor floor tiles at Deer Hill. 
    • Installation of padding at Joseph Osgood School gym. 
    • Installation of AC for the music room and band room at Deer Hill
    The district will be discussing these priorities with the Town's capital planning committee on January 27th.  More information on these requests and our capital process is also available on our website: https://www.cohassetk12.org/Page/4149
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  • Budget Process

    Posted by Michael MacMillan on 1/13/2020
    The process for determining the town and school budget for the next financial year (2020/21) continues and School Principals recently presented their budget priorities at a workshop with the Cohasset School Committee.  These priorities included increasing resources for teaching math at the elementary schools,  literacy at the middle school, and social studies at the high school.  There were also requests for additional social and emotional learning support for students at all levels. 
     
    The Town Accountant, Don Piatt, also provided an overview of the Town's five year financial plan at the Town's Fiscal Forum on December 19th.  This included draft figures for the FY21 budget.   Although these numbers might change over the coming months as more information becomes available, the envisaged 3.02% increase for the schools will not be enough to fund all the priorities requested by Principals and some difficult decisions will have to be made before the budget is finalized and presented at Town Meeting. 
     
    The budget workshop presentation and the Town's draft five year plan can be found in the file library below.   We will continue to update the community through this website and with information in the Superintendent's newsletter .  In the meantime, if you have any questions about the budget or require additional information, please contact Michael MacMillan, the Director of Finance and Operations, mmacmillan@cohassetk12.org.
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