Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Live Reporting: Discussion/Action Items - Discussion Only Items

III. Discussion/Action Items
A. Policy – 2nd Reading / Adoption

I recommend adoption of policy BEDH – Public Participation at School Committee meetings as detailed.


motion to approve, seconded, passed 7-0

IV. Discussion Only Items
A. FY21 Budget Discussion

some of the ways last years budget was reduced could be explored again this year
did look at updated budget figures, did scale back on critical needs, etc. and raise fees
looked at resources differently and adjusted on counseling review
adequate staff for SEL learning? all districts are looking for more support
looking at how we are using meeting time to see if it is effective and efficient, thinking creatively with support from counseling interns

(no comments from Committee after Superintendent's update)

possible to apply additional revolving funds
Health Ins is still and outstanding variable; Sch have budgeted with 8%, ToF budget had used 5% (those items won't close gap)
reductions a possibility, which would impact service outside of enrollment related which could be absorbed by retirements

worked out in level service budget to have a more equitable delivery level across the buildings

B. Student Opportunities Act Plan

per the new funding law, requires School Committee approval
Chapter 70 funding to go to target groups
not a huge sum of increase anticipated
an increase of about $55K from SOA

(no comments from Committee after Superintendent's update)

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