Mr. Allen: WPS budget will come out on May 10, as is past practice will be from House Ways and Means budget; though Senate budget will come out May 8, WPS budget will not be updated again until after the final state budget is agreed upon (in June? we hope?).
"it's been about fifteen years of kind of budget cutting in each of these hearings...first year since then that we've had modest growth in our revenue..."
"had really some robust conversations about the needs of the school district...truly hearing what the needs are of the school district are out in the schools"
House Ways and Means "aligns closely to Governor's"
increase "will not match all of the needs out there"
Themes of FY20: modest inflation growth (3.75%); overall enrollment growth; initial foundation budget formula proposals (in Governor and House)
foundation budget going up $21.7M:
- $18.1M in Ch.70 (a 7.2% increase)
- $3.6M in local city required contribution (3.8% increase)
Change from FY19:
- inflation at 3.75%= $13.2M
- enrollment change (overall 189) = $1M
- econ disadv (310) = $1.2M
- totalling a base foundation change of $15.5M "would be going up...anyways"
- new funding from FBRC changes = $6.1M
HWM budget uses Governor's goal rates but phasing in over a quicker period of time but end result would be the same
"it appears the House budget, anyway, is adopting the Governor's goal rates and just adopting quicker"
Biggest change between House and Governor for Worcester is adding back in English learner students (the Governor's budget had a lower count due to students who had higher English achievement not being counted as EL)
HWM does not provide high needs increment and does not propose early college line
Change for Worcester between Governor's budget and HWM is $852,306; increase is essentially all English learner funding amount (due to change in count)
take out charter and choice of $1.8M (in $21.7M) plus loss of $300,000 of impact aid from Hurricane Maria
thus change over FY19 for Worcester Public Schools is $19.6M (5.8% increase)
level service cost increase:
- employee salaries $5.5M
- employee benefits $3.3M
- transportation increase of $0.9M
- tuition assessment $0.6M
- all other accounts $0.7M
- ...for a total of $11M
And the budget increase is $19.6M (better when it works that way than the reverse!);$8.6M available for new spending
HOWEVER: $21.6M in new spending requests from principals and programs:
- 42 secondary teachers; "primarily content area teachers, reducing/eliminating studies" ($5.6M)
- 30 ESL teachers ($2.6M)
- 23 special ed teachers ($2M)
- 19 elementary teachers "for class size purposes" ($1.9M)
- 21 student support positions "school adjustment counselors, wraparound coordinators..." ($1.8M)
- 38 special ed IAs ($1.5M)
- 11 guidance counselors ($1M)
- 9 assistant principals ($0.9M)
- 8 preK enrichment ($0.7M)
- additional Chromebooks; going 2-1 in K-2; 1-1 in 7-12 ($0.7M)
- 9 school nurse/clinical care ($0.6M)
- instrutional supplies and PD ($0.6M)
- "student information system" with an online grading access for parents and students" ($0.5M)
- 12 ESL tutors ($0.3M)
- 10 literacy tutors ($0.2M)
- 34 school and district support positions ($2.7M)
"as we mentioned we have $8.6M in new spending...not every one of these will be funded in the FY20 budget"
"hopefully the Senate version will be higher than the Governor and House version"
Worcester Public Schools budget released on May 10; hearings on June 6 and 20