Category Archive for 'Funding for FY13'

In a letter to the School Committee this week, the Wenham selectmen recommended that the school committee adopt a LEVEL SPENDING budget. This radical new proposal would mean roughly $1 MILLION of program and staff cuts to cover for other increased costs, like health care, utilities, transportation and contractual obligations. YOUR PRESENCE IS NEEDED Thursday […]

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The School Committee’s Public Forum on the Budget is scheduled for Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. If you are only going to attend one school committee meeting this year, this is the one. Without direct parental input, the School Committee is making tough budget decisions in a vacuum. This is the one meeting set […]

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Everything you wanted to know about E&D (but were too busy to ask!).
• This Saturday at Wenham Town Meeting, and next Saturday at Hamilton Town Meeting, voters will decide between two different appropriations for the schools’ FY2012 budget.
• The schools are asking for a 0% increase to the towns from last year — a budget that is level-funded to the towns. The towns want to take $500,000 from that budget.
• Town officials maintain that cuts can be done without cutting teachers or services to our students. How? By dipping deeply into the school’s Excess and Deficiency (E&D) fund.
• The school committee says that isn’t wise and isn’t what the state recommends (the state recommends that schools maintain a minimum of 3% of its total budget in E&D).

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Wenham Town Meeting, this Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m. at Buker
Hamilton Town Meeting, Sat., May 14, 9 a.m., High School
This is your only chance to vote on this school budget.
You have to be present at town meeting to vote.
Top 12 Things You Need to Know about the FY2012 School Budget

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