Superintendent Tiano's FY20 Budget Memo with Embedded Document Links
Dear Uxbridge Residents,
On behalf of the Uxbridge Public Schools, we would like to wish you and your family a happy new year and the very best in 2019. As we welcome the new year we are also preparing our next fiscal year’s budget. For the past 4 months, our school department has been carefully drafting our financial plan for Fiscal Year 2020.
Included with this memo, is a budget proposal with supporting documentation that we believe will support us in providing for the needs of our students and their families in our community for the next school year. Please find the following six document links that will guide you through our FY20 Uxbridge Public Schools budget proposal:
An overview of the process used in developing our recommended FY20 budget.
A summary explaining the preliminary budget proposal. It contains a General Summary,
School Committee Goals, Anticipated Revenue, Budget by Educational Level and Program, Major Variations and Public Review and Process.
The chart of accounts detailing over 200 lines of FY19 actual and FY20 proposed budget requests. It is very important to note the following:
- Nine line items had a $1.00 appropriation in FY19. These are “new” lines (i.e. professional development, technology infrastructure, counselors, substitutes, etc.) per Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or local accounting changes. In most cases, the amount is relatively the same just broken down into two separate accounts. Thus the percentage differences are skewed.
- It appears that some personnel are budgeted for a 4% salary increase. This is not the case. All staff (union and non-union) received a 2% cost of living allowance (COLA) in FY19 and have been budgeted with a 2% increase in FY20 based on recent contractual negotiations with the Uxbridge Teachers Association. Some staff are entitled to step increases, lane changes based on recent educational accomplishments, and longevity based on years of service. The non-union FY19 2% COLA increase was not listed in each actual salary line items as negotiations did not conclude until after the FY19 budget was presented. The Operational Services Division is required by M.G.L. Chapter 7, Section 22N to submit an “estimated rate of inflation for social service programs” to the Commonwealth Superintendents by October 1st each year for consideration in budget planning. We have received notification that estimated rate of inflation for Fiscal Year 2020 is 2.63%.
- Some outliers. For example District Training & Professional Development is increased by 312% as a result of our continuous efforts to categorize expenses into the appropriate lines.
This is our Budget Book. It is a 125 page back up to each and every expense line
found in the FY20 Budget 2018.12.20 spreadsheet.
A detail of all athletic costs associated with interscholastic sports at the Whitin Intermediate School and
Uxbridge High School.
This presentation was made to the Uxbridge School Committee on January 2, 2019.
It is a helpful visual depiction of all necessary budget information.
It is our sincere hope that the Uxbridge Public School department’s $22,713,817 General Fund request, a 3.50% increase, is easy to understand and meets the needs of the Uxbridge community. Feel free to contact either one of us, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions regarding the administration's FY20 budget proposal. You can also come to the UPS Budget Hearing scheduled at Uxbridge High School on January 16th at 6:30PM. As always, we thank you for your continued support.