Budget Adjustments FY 2015

Here are the budget adjustments made so far this year.  This is part of the proposed budget going to the Board for First Reading on March 13, 2014.

The first page of the document is a summary of the reductions and additional revenue.

The second page is a list of positions added back into the tax cap budget.

The third page is a list of the positions still remaining out of the budget.

Thanks,
Mike

FY 2015 Revised Budget as of March 6 2014

Personnel Reduction List from February 3, 2011

I thought a  list of the proposed personnel cuts on this blog might help everyone.

1.  Grade 3 teacher at William Allen School. (we have a teacher retiring, and the second grade is small this year) $71,881

2.  Grade 1 teacher at Chamberlain Street School. (I would like to find other cuts, so we don’t need to make this cut) $71,881

3.  Reading Specialist at Chamberlain Street School. (I think this may change to a special education teacher’s positions) $71,881

4.  1/2 elementary special education coordinator (the elementary special education coordinator would include pre-school and funded by a grant) $36,839

5.  Reading Specialist at McClelland School (They would go from 2.5 to 1.5 positions) $71,881

6  3 Speech Pathologists at the Pre-School.  We have four pathologists.  The IEP don’t require 4.  We can still meet student’s individual needs, and have teachers and aides provide quality educational programs. $215,643

6A.  1 Academic Itinerant, and 1 FTE from PE, Art and Music (we plan on spreading fewer staff members out over the 8 elementary schools, but offering similar services.

7.  Middle School Teacher (to be decided what subject) $71,881

8. Reduce Guidance from 20 to 10 extra days at the Middle School and High School.  $34,175

9. 3 High School teachers, subjects to be decided. $215,643

Total Reduction:  $1,077,352. (some small reductions may have been left out of this list)

We would have a 3 teachers, one guidance counselor and have a program for 10 out-of-district students.  The site would be away from the campus of Spaulding High School and Rochester Middle School.  We would recommend contracted services for this program, with our ability to control cost, but the staff hired by the vendor.

Budget Update

On Thursday, March 18, 2010,  the Board recommended an operating budget for next year to the City Council. 

The remaining positions are not included in next year’s budget. 

Half Time Curriculum Coordinator,  (this will be grant funded)

Human Resource Secretary 

1/2 time School Psychologist

Maintenance Position

Willam Allen Special Education Position

Chamberlain Reading teacher and Reading First Coordinator

McClelland Classroom teacher

McClelland Special Education Teacher

Rochester Middle School

Counselor, Family and Consumer Science teacher, and a Special Education Teacher

Spaulding High School

Business teacher, Special Education Teacher,student services counselor and Safety team leader (a certified teacher)

 The Board agreed to add the following positions back into the budget:

Elementary academic instructors to provide planning time for elementary teachers

Grade 2 positions at William Allen

Wellness Instructor at Rochester Middle School

English and Social Studies at Spaulding High School

 Increased two 1/2 time kindergarten positions to full-time. 

These additions and savings cost approximately $530,000.

Contract Information

Rochester Teachers Agree to Freeze Salaries and Steps for a Year

 

ROCHESTER, NH. – The Rochester Federation of Teachers and the Rochester School Board have agreed to a new one- year contract.

Superintendent Mike Hopkins expressed pleasure that the RFT recognizes the budgetary and fiscal issues facing the school district and city this year and proposed a salary and step freeze.

 “The teachers understand the current economic climate and are concerned with potential budget cuts in the school district. We recognize the challenges our families in Rochester are facing and we remain committed to working with the School Board during these difficult times,” said RFT President Peg Hurd.

The contract would be effective August 27, 2010 until August 28, 2011. The Rochester Federation of Teachers’ membership in an overwhelming vote ratified the contract on Monday, February 8, 2010 and the Rochester School Board approved the contract on Thursday, February 11, 2010. 

The terms of the contract are:  One year contract with no changes to current contract language except where noted below.  Steps will be frozen for one year and with no adjustment to the salary schedule. No teacher will move up on the salary schedule during the next year.  It is understood by the parties that the salary schedule with annual step increases will begin again in the 2011-2012 school year.  All benefits, including health insurance remain the same in the one year contract.

 The Rochester School Board agreed to these terms, since it saves $330,000 in the current proposed budget and caps spending on salaries for teachers for one year.  This equates to saving more than four teaching positions in the District. 

The City Council still must approve the cost items in this contract.   The Council may consider the contract on March 16th, as part of a special meeting after a workshop session.

Budget Information

Here is the up to date list of the budget reductions recommended by the management team.

 

 

Rochester School Department

 

FY 2011

 

 

 

Staff Reductions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management

 

 

 

 

Team

Position

 

Location

 

 Recommendations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half Time Curriculum Coord – District to Title 1 Funded

SAU Office

 

$                          45,213

Human Resource Secretary

 

SAU Office

 

 $                          46,694

Psychologist

 

 

 

 $                          48,813

Maintenance

 

 

 

 $                          49,234

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Education Teacher

 

Allen

 

 $                          69,960

Grade 2 Teacher

 

Allen

 

 $                          69,960

Add 1/2 Kindergarten Teacher

 

Allen

 

 $                       (34,980)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading First Teacher

 

Chamberlain

 

 $                          91,524

Reading Specialist

 

Chamberlain

 

 $                          69,960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elementary Itinerant

 

Travel

 

 $                          86,090

Elementary Itinerant

 

Travel

 

 $                          66,964

Elementary Itinerant

 

Travel

 

 $                          68,256

Elementary Itinerant

 

Travel

 

 $                          66,971

Add a 1.5 position for Art, Music, PE

 

Travel

 

 $                     (104,940)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classroom Teacher

 

McClelland

 

 $                          69,960

Special Education Teacher

 

McClelland

 

 $                          69,960

Add 1/2 Kindergarten Teacher

 

McClelland

 

 $                       (34,980)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wellness Teacher

 

Middle School

 

 $                          69,960

FCS Teacher

 

Middle School

 

 $                          69,960

Grade 8 Special Education Teacher

 

Middle School

 

 $                          69,960

Guidance Counselor

 

Middle School

 

 $                          69,960

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Education Teacher

 

High School

 

 $                          69,960

Student Services Counselor

 

High School

 

 $                          75,126

Business or FCS Teacher

 

High School

 

 $                          69,960

Social Studies Teacher

 

High School

 

 $                          69,960

English Teacher

 

High School

 

 $                          69,960

Safety Team Leader

 

High School

 

 $                          69,960

Add 2 27.5 Para-educators

 

High School

 

 $                       (32,322)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 $                    1,417,104

Budget Information

The Rochester School Board began consideration of the 2010-2011 school year budget on February 1st.  The total proposed operating budget is $54,455,200.  This is an increase of $126,522 from last year.  This proposed operating budget and the revenue projections meet the tax cap requirements and a zero local tax increase.

The operating budget is impacted by a major increase in Health Insurance of 25% for a total of $1,375,829.  This increase is based on estimates from the Local Government Center and are the maximum increase.  We usually hear in May the actual rate increase.  Hopefully, the rate is reduced in May.

The Health Insurance increase is offset by significant staff reductions.  The reduction amounts to 1.4 million dollars.  The list of positions are:  one elementary classroom teacher, 2.5 traveling elementary staff,  2 middle school teachers,  1 middle school guidance counselor,  3 high school teachers, 3 special education teachers, one special education counselor, moving a curriculum coordinator to grant funding, a Safety Team Leader, a Human Resources Secretary,  a school psychologist, and one maintenance staff position.

The next largest increase is in aide salaries, and clerical salaries.  We are starting the third year of a contract with the para-professional bargaining unit.

The Committee structure of the Board allows each sub-committee to review their portion of the budget.  The Building Committee’s budget has decreased by $446,811 due to a decrease in the cash CIP.  We have reduced requests for cash funded repairs to buildings.

The personnel budget has increased $1,100,713, mostly due to Health Insurance rates.

The Finance Committee budget has dropped by $586,710, due to a drop in debt service Principal and Interest.

The Instruction Committee has increased $26,836 for a .6% increase in that portion of the budget.

Special Services has increased $32,494 due to transportation cost increases.

The cash CIP portion of the budget is $220,00 and the bonded CIP proposal is $1,024,500.  The cash CIP projects are electrical upgrades, painting (both interior and exterior), East Rochester roof replacement, walls, soundproofing, ceiling tiles and HVAC work, High School attic and auditorium sprinkler installation.

Budget Reductions

I have included below the information about the proposed Personnel reductions.  This is the beginning stages of our budget preparation.  We are currently considering three options for the budget.  Option #1 is an increase of 2.1 %.  Option #2 is an increase of 3.8%.  Option #3 is an increase of 5.66 % and would continue all of the positions and programs that we have this year. 

The spreadsheet  below describes which positions would be reduced under option #1 or option #2.  We anticipate an increase of 2.9 million dollars in State Revenue, so all three options require no increase in local property taxes.  There will be many changes throughout the budget process. 

The budget will be approved by March 25th, and sent to the City Council.  The City Council will not approve the budget until late June. 

 The following positions would be reduced in option #1.  Option #1 is a 2.1% budget increase, with no increase in local tax dollars.

 

 

 

Full Time Special Education Teacher  McClelland 
Full Time Special Education Teacher  ER 
1/2 Reading Specialist  McClelland 
Grade 4/5 Teacher  McClelland 
   
Itinerant  
Itinerant  
Itinerant  
Itinerant  
   
Special Education Assistant  School Street 
Special Education Assistant Nancy Loud
   
4/5ths Guidance – 50/50 split w/grant Annex/Chamb
1 Full Time Guidance McClelland
Guidance Allen
   
1 Full Time Reading Specialist Chamberlain
   
Eliminate Maple Teaching Principal Maple
Maple 1/2 time Principal 1/2 Reading First Coord.( this position would be added into the budget) Maple
1/2 Asst Principal-Allen Allen
1/2 Asst Principal-Chamberlain Chamberlain
1/2 Asst Principal-ER ER
1/2 Asst Principal-McC  McClelland 
   
Reading First Position (currently 75% in budget)  Allen 
Reading First Position (currently 75% in budget)  Allen 
Reading First Position (currently 50% in budget) Maple
Reading First Position (currently 50% in budget) Chamberlain
Reading First Position (currently 50% in budget) Chamberlain
   
   
   
   
Wellness Teacher  Middle School 
Excel Guidance Position  Middle School 
Building Aide  Middle School 
Part Time Main Office Secretary  Middle School 
Building Trades Program  Middle School 
Computer Teacher  Middle School 
Reading Specialist  Middle School 
Special Education Teacher  Middle School 
   
   
   
   
Go from Two Nurses to One Nurse and an LNA  High School 
Latin Teacher  High School 
Add  One Teacher – To be Determined  High School 
Science Teacher  High School 
Music Teacher  High School 
Tech Center – Part Time FEA Teacher  High School 
   
General Supplies  High School 
Tech Center Supplies  High School 
   
Special Education Para-Educators (2)  High School 
PE Teacher  High School 
Special Education Teacher  High School 
Tech Teacher  High School 
   
   
   
Summer Tutoring  50% reduction 
School Year Tutoring  50% reduction 
Summer School  50% reduction 
Curriculum Coordinator  
Grounds Maintenance  
Special Education Teacher  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The following positions would be in the budget if option #2 is approved. The positions not in this list that are posted above would be reduced.  Option #2 is a 3.8% budget increase with no increase in local tax dollars.

Reading First Position (currently 75% in budget)  Allen 
Reading First Position (currently 75% in budget)  Allen 
Reading First Position (currently 50% in budget) Maple
Reading First Position (currently 50% in budget) Chamberlain
Reading First Position (currently 50% in budget) Chamberlain
Building Trades Program  Middle School 
Computer Teacher  Middle School 
Reading Specialist  Middle School 
Special Education Teachers  Middle School 
Special Education Para-Educators (2)  High School 
PE Teacher  High School 
Special Education Teacher  High School 
Tech Teacher  High School 

Fy 2010 Budget

 

Press Release

Rochester School Department Budget

The Rochester School Board had its first look at the School budget on January 26th at a Special Board meeting. Mrs. Linda Casey, Business Administrator, and Mr. Michael Hopkins, Superintendent, presented the information about the budget proposal to the Board. The Board will begin reviewing portions of the budget in sub-committees and set priorities based on the recommendations of the management team. The budget proposal is available online at: http://www.rochesterschools.com/SAU/board/budget2010.html .

This is the first budget presented under the tax cap requirements. The budget as presented is $54,604,160, an increase of expenditures of 6.5%. This budget proposal will allow the current programs to remain in place, and with the proposed State Education aide increase of 2.9 million dollars, remain under the tax cap requirements.

The tax cap calculations are based on local tax dollars of $21,691, 706 in FY 2009. The CPI average has increased 3.8% and the tax cap would allow the FY 2010 local tax calculation to be $22,515,991. The proposed budget, with State Revenue does not require all of the local tax increase to fund the proposed budget.

Mr. Hopkins and Mrs. Casey presented several options, based on the uncertainty of the State increase in adequacy funds. Option #1 is a budget increase of $824,285. This is based on additional revenue from the State. The District will need to plan for this possible scenario, since the Board may not know about the State Revenue until June of 2009.

Option #2 is based on the possibility of State aide and a local tax increase under the cap. This option would allow an increase in the budget expenditures, equal to the 3.8% CPI increase, using State adequacy aide to keep the local tax under the cap.

Option #3 is based on enough additional State aide to fund the expenditure increase equal to the 3.8% CPI, but without using any additional local tax dollars.

Option #4 is $54,168,435 is based on the increase in the State Aide of $2,900,000 without any increase in local tax dollars.

The Board will consider adjustments to budget proposal over the next two months, with a budget presented to the City Manager and the Council by March 25, 2009.

The budget as proposed has the following areas of significant change: Wages increased $1,571,787 or 3.1%, Health Insurance $455,407, or .9%, Retirement, $378,910 or .7%, General Supplies/books, $203,755 or .4%, Cash CIP program, $202,500 or .4%, Other Benefit increases, $150,521 or .3%, plus some other small increases.