School Funding Basics- Regional Transportation

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Presented to the Mendon-Upton Regional School Committee on January 9, 2012, this brief presentation covers some of the essential facts regarding the revenue and expenses associated with transporting …

Presented to the Mendon-Upton Regional School Committee on January 9, 2012, this brief presentation covers some of the essential facts regarding the revenue and expenses associated with transporting all MURSD students back and forth to school each day.

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  • 1. School Funding Basics: Regional TransportationMURSD Regional School CommitteeJanuary 9, 2012
  • 2. Bus Transportation in the MURSD Why? MGL Chapter 71, Section 7A: School districts must provide two-way transportation for all students living over one and one-half miles from their school. There is no provision for funding. But…Section 16C provides for reimbursement to regional school districts: “the commonwealth shall reimburse such district to the full extent of the amounts expended for such transportation” Under this provision, regional school districts may not charge bus fees to families
  • 3. Transportation in the MURSD by the Numbers In FY10, the MURSD transported 2,866 students- but 219 (8%) were non-reimbursable…. As they lived with 1 ½ miles of their schools Total cost of transportation to the district in FY10 : $1,209,600 ($1,117,187 is reimbursable: the 92%) The state established a 57.59% reimbursement rate for FY11 based upon the FY10 figures- thus… 0.5759 X $1,117,187 = $643,442 received from the state for transportation
  • 4. State Reimbursement for Regional Schools Transportation , FY04-12100.00% 90.76% 89.90%90.00% 85.74%80.00% 78.08%70.00% 69.03% 57.79% 57.59%60.00% 57.59% 57.00%50.00% 47.52%40.00%30.00%20.00%10.00% Reimb. Rate 0.00% N.B.: The FY13 rate is a prediction only
  • 5. Some Important Caveats Net School Spending (Chapter 70 Aid + Required Local Contribution) excludes transportation expenditures per MGL Chapter 70, Section 2• The MURSD Regional Agreement, Section V- Transportation states: “School transportation shall be provided by the regional school district and cost thereof shall be apportioned to the member towns as an operating expense.”
  • 6. What if? Using FY11 figures- the amount of cost associated with transporting all in-district students: Net School Spending =$1,178,174 ÷ 2,613 students = $451 per student
  • 7. For More Info on School Budget BasicsGo to the MURSD Superintendent’s Blog: www.mursd.blogspot.com