Friday, October 2, 2020

School Committee: Budget Subcommittee Meeting Recap - 9/29/20


  • Given the move from remote to hybrid and that the transportation fee was set for full in person rates, what should the hybrid rate be? Discussion on proposal of 40% less as two days are remote. Should set one rate for district, multiple rates too hard to manage
  • Discussion on ECDC date if they were to go fully remote, what should it be? Proposal for a 30% of cost per survey done by the school, full details of the survey not available during meeting
  • Future meetings targeted for committee members, if session are needed, they will be held, if not, they will be canceled.

As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session.
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #scbs0929

  • Real time reporting for the SchComm budget Subcommittee meeting underway #scbs0929 opens with an update on bus transportation contract renewal. Rate reduction to allow for hybrid vs. full in person model?
  • Budget discussion around reduction and whether some folks who haven't paid yet should pay full or part based upon developments. #scbs0929 how should this subcommittee handle this? Likely make recommendation for full SchComm (one way or the other)
  • SchComm currently only requires 80% coverage of the total busing cost. Discussion on intent of coverage by district vs parents. #scbs0929 possible reduction in standard fee of 40% as 2 days are remote, let's set one rate for the district, multiple rates challenge 2 admin
  • recommendations for consideration for full Committee; ECDC tuition collection is next topic. What would happen if we go full remote? Deposit made in Feb 2020, collecting monthly as they open now. If switch to remote, fee reduced to 30% of cost #scbs0929
  • Where did the 30% come from? Survey of parents by ECDC principal. What would be other impacts for students with IEPs as well a teacher/staff compensation. Maybe less in revolving account for next year depending. #scbs0929
  • No details on context of survey with parents hence not sure of how to interpret. #scbs0929 hard to respond without such context. How to handle the integrated students with their peers as that would change the program. Adjustment of payment only if long term remote.
  • Going to the calendars for future meetings. #scbs0929 attempting to meet between the SchComm meetings. Week of 10/19 - Oct 29 at 4:30 PM; Nov 5, 4:30 PM, Nov 17 at 4:30 PM all tentative. Dec 1 and the 15th, 4:30. It has been quiet on the State front
  • Motion to adjourn, second, passed 3-0. That's all for tonight folks, catch you next time #scbs0929
Agenda doc for this meeting
Additional photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in this album
Business Administrator Miriam Goodman updates the Subcommittee
Business Administrator Miriam Goodman updates the Subcommittee

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