Throughout the FY20 School Budget Process the Cape Elizabeth School Board remains dedicated to the following goals:
- Maintaining and improving the high quality of education for every student;
- Careful examination of line items and consideration of the success and effectiveness of the expenditures in order to provide a fiscally responsible budget;
- Clear and continual communication throughout the budget process.
Budget Update #8
April 26, 2019
On April 24 the Cape Elizabeth School Board presented the FY20 School Budget to the Town Council. Board Chair Susana Measelle Hubbs, Finance Chair Elizabeth Scifres, and Superintendent Donna Wolfrom spoke on the budget development process which began in October and included combined Town Council-School Board meetings, Facilities Needs Assessment Committee Meetings, Town Council/School Board Finance Sub Committee meetings, School Board Budget Workshops, and Administrative Team meetings. The presentations focused on the open and collaborative experience of the budget development process and the success of the commitment on the part of both the Town Council and the School Board to work together. In addition, presentations focused on the FY20 Budget Goals (see above) and the dedication to those goals. The FY20 school expenditure budget began at an 8% increase over FY19 and through much discussion and thorough facilities, staffing, and program analysis was presented to Town Council at a 5.9% increase over FY19, with a 4.9% increase on the impact to taxpayers.Following the presentations was a question and answer session in which Town Councilors offered comments and asked School Board members questions regarding the FY20 budget proposal. One segment of the session focused on community input during the budget process. It was very helpful to have community members attend the budget workshops sessions to ask questions and provide input. In addition, there were a few citizens who called or emailed with questions and input.
Councilor Jordan questioned the number of additional regular education educational technicians (ed. techs) that were included in the FY20 budget, and more research into the number, that was presented and analyzed on February 13, 2019, revealed that changes had been made since that date as we proceeded through the budget process, and that the final number of additional ed. techs in the FY20 budget was 2.8 FTEs (Full Time Employees). The School Board appreciated Councilor Jordan’s question as it caused us to revisit and confirm the number of ed. techs. included in the FY20 budget.
At the conclusion of the FY20 budget review it was apparent that the Town Council is supportive of the school budget and will move to approve the budget at the Town Council Meeting on Monday, May 13th, 2019. There will be a public hearing on both the Municipal and School Board budgets on May 6, 2019 at 7 PM in Council Chambers. Citizens are encouraged to attend and provide input.