Superintendent's FY16 Budget: What's in it?

Superintendent Pierantozzi presented his FY2016 budget to the School Committee and the community on May 13. Here are a few highlights I pulled out. I'd love to hear any comments you may have below before our final vote on Tuesday, May 26. As always, I appreciate your engagement.

This summary is not meant to be exhaustive so if you'd like to see the original documents please visit the Finance & Facilities Subcommittee website.

 

 “This budget continues to recognize that academia is not all that a school district does.” - Superintendent Pierantozzi

Budget Guidelines and Guiding Principles

  • Maintain and support all grade K-12 classrooms and programming including art, music and athletics, Special Education and ELE services
  • Expand activities and programs to promote school readiness
  • Continue academic support, enrichment and remediation/intervention
  • Ensure college and career readiness for all students
  • Provide engaging co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
  • Promote family involvement and outreach

 

Key Points

  • Approximately 30% of the City of Somerville budget goes towards Somerville Public Schools
  • Somerville spends $17,428 per student, per year
  • Somerville ranks 24th out of 292 districts across Massachusetts in student growth
  • Somerville has increased college attendance by over 11% over the last 5 years (34 more students in college this year)
  • SHS Class of 2014 received approximately $3,000,000 in college scholarships
  • Superintendent’s FY16 budget requests a 3.64% increase in funds
  • 94% of FY15 budget supports and instruction and student services
  • Enrollment in Somerville Public Schools continues to increase annually
    • Classroom space will remain a top issue for Somerville to address
  • Demographics have remained generally unchanged over the last 3 years
    • Minority population: 64%
    • Low income families: 66%
    • Non-English speaking families: 51%
  • Over 200 community members volunteer in Somerville schools annually

 

New in 2016

  • Key additions to FY16 Budget
    • Strengthened delivery of student services and mental health support
    • Improving Special Education inclusion, technology, and strengthened services with key positions
    • Somerville Public Schools partners with Biogen and uAspire to provide a college financial aid counselor
    • Somerville Public Schools works with Mass Insight to support additional Advanced Placement classes
  • New positions
    • Assistant to the Director for Student Services (1.0 FTE)
    • ELL Department Chair (1.0 FTE)
    • Elementary Teacher (1.0 FTE)
    • Psychologist (1.0 FTE)
    • Adaptive Technology Specialist (1.0 FTE)
    • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (1.0 FTE)
  • Previously Grant-funded positions
    • Pre-K teacher at Healey (1.0 FTE)
    • Early Childhood coach (0.3 FTE)
    • Paraprofessionals (2.0 FTE)
    • Partnership activities (0.4 FTE)
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commented 2015-05-28 12:25:21 -0400 · Flag
Update: this week, the School Committee approved our $62,512,658 FY2016 budget request. Next step, approval by the Board of Aldermen.