SC Budget Sub Committee Minutes 03/13/2013
SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SHARON, MA 02067
Minutes – March 13,2013
School Administration Building
Sharon Middle School
75 Mountain Street
Sharon, MA 02067
Present: Timothy Farmer, Glenn Brand, Susan Owen, Laura Salomons, Emily Smith-Lee and the Finance Committee representative
Absent: Jonathan Hitter
The meeting was convened at 6:05 p.m.
Areas of discussion for this meeting:
S. Owen provided an overview of the following Revolving funds:
• Transportation – The recommendation is to maintain the 2013 fee ($540 per student or $370 per student for one way) for 2014.
• Full-Day Kindergarten – Recommendation: for no increase in tuition for 2014. To date, there are 173 students registered for kindergarten next year. Break-down for enrollment by building is:
Cottage3 full-day sections
One – 19 students with one aide
Two - 19 students with one aide
Three – 19 students with one aide
East3 full-day sections
One – 21 students with one aide
Two – 22 students with one aide
Three – 15 students with no aide
Heights3 full-day sections
One – 22 students with one aide
Two – 17 students with no aide
Three – 16 students with no aide
Twelve students have enrolled in the half-day program.
There was a lengthy discussion on the current balance in the account, how to reduce it and what would be an appropriate balance to carry forward. Kindergarten fees will be a discussion agenda item at the April 24th S.C. meeting.
• Early Childhood – The recommendation is for no increase in tuition for 2014.
• Food Services – The recommendation is for no price increase of lunches for 2014. However, this account will be closely monitored due to the dwindling amount in contingency due to more stringent Federal guidelines, which restricts sale of a la carte items.
• Athletics/High School - The recommendation is for no increase in sport fees for 2014. There was a discussion on the fees, the cost of replacing equipment and parity among sports.
• Student Parking - The recommendation is for no increase in student parting fees for 2014. All parking revenue goes directly to the town and is not part of the school department budget.
• After School Care-Community Education
There was a discussion regarding the current balance in the Community Education revolving account.
Priorities Committee Budget Recommendations
There was a discussion on the Priorities Committee budget recommendations. The S.C. is proposing a 2.22% budget increase for 2014. The Priorities Committee is recommending a 2.03% budget increase. As a result of the Priorities recommendations, there will be a budget discussion at the April 10th S.C. meeting, with a possibility of a vote change at the April 24th meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.
Submitted by: Helen Campanario, Recording Secretary to the School Committee