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.