Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, April 25, 2013
CSD final budget on the agenda for May 7 meeting
by Jessica Brophy
After a few months of wrestling with the 2013-14 school budget, the CSD school board will hear a final overview of the budget, slated for final consideration at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 7.
The details of the draft are still under construction, but Superintendent Mark Jenkins said the budget is expected to hold to a 3 percent expenditure increase. This means the budget is likely to come in at an increase of just under $200,000 to a total around $6.8 million.
Jenkins encourages anyone interested in the school budget to attend the May 7 meeting and will ensure time for clarification questions. The town-wide budget meeting will likely also be scheduled at the May 7 meeting.
Staffing at the elementary school is expected to remain constant, with some increased budget items at the high school, including $35,000 for participation in the state’s laptop program, a .88 full-time equivalent study hall monitor and a full-time librarian aide, who would spend four days at the high school and one day at the elementary school, with the elementary school librarian coming to the high school one day per week.
Jenkins said there was some good news, including lower-than expected health insurance costs. Also, the district is still on track to receive $120,000 more next year in state funding than it received this year, though that number has not been finalized.