The 2010-2011 fiscal year is an unprecedented one for the State, local municipalities and especially local school districts.
Districts across the state are facing steep hikes in fixed cost items such as health care, insurance, transportation, etc.
Meanwhile, the loss of ARRA (federal) funding and a drastic cut in State aid have created wide budgetary gaps for districts across New Jersey.
A Harsh Reality
With rising costs and a 5 percent cut to State aid ($3.5 million), to sustain current operations, Willingboro Public School District faces a budgetary gap of approximately:
We will address our proposals to close this budgetary gap later in this presentation.
Navigating the Budget Process
Beginning in December, members of the administrative team met with the educational team to discuss necessary programming expenditures for next year.
The administrative team asked each department to cut 20 percent of its budget to begin to address the budgetary gap.
From there, department directors have had regular budget meetings to analyze current budget numbers and to identify further cuts to close the gap that would not negatively impact the student educational experience.
During this entire process, the administrative team has been consulting with the County Superintendent’s Office for support and valuable input.
Sources of Revenue Traditionally, school budget funding comes from four primary sources: State Aid, Federal Aid, Local Tax Levy and Other Sources (discretionary grants, tuition, transportation, leases, etc.) *From 2009 Comparative Spending Guide
Local Share Tax Levy *2010-2011 data is anticipated **General Fund Tax Levy Only
Breakdown of Expenditures by Category The Willingboro Public School District allocates funds where it belongs – in the classroom. As you can see to the right, Classroom Instruction accounts for over 59 percent of total expenditures. Administrative Costs account for only 10 percent of all district expenditures, and Willingboro spends on average $99 less per pupil than the State average regarding these costs.
Thinking Outside the Box District administration has identified three new initiatives to boost cost savings – one of which is anticipated to positively affect student achievement: Self-Contained Special Education Program Privatizing Services – Instructional Aides Privatizing Services – Grounds Maintenance
Cost Saving Initiatives Self-Contained Special Education Program: This program will serve the needs of high school age children with social and/or emotional related disabilities. (Potential Savings of $600,000) Program will be housed at WHS. Program will begin after the start of the school day and will end prior to regular dismissal. Transportation will be provided (door to door). New Green Technology Work Stations
Cost Saving Initiatives Privatizing Services – Instructional Aides (Potential Savings of $1.3 million) Similar to the successful reorganization of the Food Services department last year, administration is soliciting bids for a provider to avail the district of these services. Will be similar to Food Services in that the company will re-hire employees and contract them back to us. Employees close to retirement will be given an option to continue as district employees.
Cost Saving Initiatives Privatizing Services – Grounds Maintenance (Potential Savings of $200,000) Administration is seeking bids for lawn care, landscaping and other related services, with the understanding that other districts have achieved significant savings by doing so.
Additional Cost Saving Measures 20 percent Reduction in All Accounts Projected Reductions in Personnel Grades K through Fourth: 17 positions Grades Fifth through Eighth: 11 positions Grades Ninth through Twelfth: 12 positions Support Staff: 6 positions Administration: 6 positions
Focusing on Program: Educational Programs included in the 2010-2011 Budget Read 180 program Career & Technical Education Workforce Readiness Program Accelerated Reading & Math Redesign of the Gifted & Talented Program Redesign of the IST Program Continue with 3- and 4-year-old Programs Study Island Springboard EOC (End of Class Program) Green Technology Program Math & Language Arts Summer Program* Autism Program *For Students Identified for Title I Funding
Don’t forget to vote! Election Day is Tuesday, April 20, 2010! You must be registered to vote no later than Tuesday, March 30, to be eligible to vote in the 2010-2011 budget election.