• SC Budget Sub Committee Minutes 03/13/2013


    SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    SHARON, MA 02067

    School Committee

    Budget Subcommittee

    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:

    Revolving Funds

    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