At Monday night's Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Feser laid out her plan for a proposed 2013-2014 budget increase of 2.39%, which would be slightly higher than 2012-2013's 1.9% budget increase.
Dr. Feser stated that the budget increase is due mostly to teacher salaries and transporation costs.
Teacher’s Union wage increase for 2013-2014 is 0.75% plus a step increase. With the step increase, the total impact is 2.95% increase.
Dr. Feser went on to note that the school is not seeking new dollars to cover the operational costs in new budget items.
Below is a look at what will be added to the budget and what will be taken away.
What Will Be Added to 2013-2014 the Budget?2013-2014 Budget ItemCostComputers, Computer Software and Equipment $311,415 New Textbooks $104,515 Professional Development Funding $212,183 Four (4) School Assistant/Teacher Leader positions and Nine (9) Cafteria Aides $275,000 .5 Behaviorist, Lacrosse Funding, United Sports Programs, Debate Club, Middle School Curriculum Leader Positions for World Language and Combined Arts
Contracted Services (School Security)
Greeter Position at Each Elementary School
.5 Residency Officer and Business Systems Analyst
What Will Be Removed from Previous Budget?Items Being Removed from Milford Schools BudgetSavings Ten (10) Teaching Positions (6 Regular Education and 4 Special Education), 5 Paraprofessionals (3 Special Education and 2 Regular Education), and a .5 Teacher of the Deaf $738,487 Some Summer School Staffing and Hourly Aides $80,698 Reductions in Defined Contribution and Education Reimbursement $36,234 Reductions in Some Contracted Services (Student-Assigned Nurse, Consultation Fees, Professional Evaluations, Mental Health Services, Work Study Fees, and Teacher Mini-Grants) $171,882 Facilities Savings $49,158 Reductions in Some Educational Supplies/Equipment and Other Support $254,745Total Savings$1,331,204
Between the costs Dr. Feser is proposing ($1,341,441) and the cuts and reductions ($1,331,204), a balance of $10,237 remains.
The exact details of the 2013-2014 budget are still being worked out and will be voted on by the Board of Education.
Check back with Milford Patch for more information on the specific proposals related to the 2013-2014 Milford Schools budget.