We have left the Nor’easters behind, hopefully, and are now in the annual rite of spring known as the budget process. The School Committee, at their meeting on March 22, adopted and certified an FY19 budget of $24,139,028. This represents a 7.5% increase over the current year’s budget and there are several contributing factors that account for this:
continue to experience an increasing migration of students to Norfolk
Agricultural HS and to Tri-County RVHS which take an unfairly large amount of
funding under the current laws governing school finance; currently about
$700,000. We are also charged for school
choice as we have more students that choice out than choice in, reducing our
state funding by $308,000.
District has no reserve funds left to offset the budget, as the School
Committee has committed an average of $340,000 in each of the last six
years. This E&D account is now
reduced to an amount that can no longer be tapped to offset the budget.
Commonwealth has chosen to not fully fund regional transportation and circuit
breaker, and by not living up to these promises will cost us $250,000 for next
continue to educate all students at BMR, these include an increasing number of
low income, English Language Learners, and special education students who have
complex social, emotional, and behavioral issues requiring additional supports
and programs; which federal and state law say we must provide, for providing
the best educational opportunities for all students is our mission.
continue to experience a decline in federal funding through our title grants,
this year almost $100,000.
We urge all
residents to attend upcoming town meetings to understand the budget issues and
to vote how your tax dollars will be spent for the upcoming fiscal year. The Town of Millville has a special town
meeting on Monday April 30th at Millville Elementary School to
discuss an override and will hold their annual town meeting on Monday May 14th. The Town of Blackstone will hold their annual
town meeting on Tuesday May 29th at the High School. As always, please feel free to email me at: email@example.com if you have questions, comments or would like further
clarification on the budget process.
It is the policy of the
Blackstone-Millville Regional School District not to discriminate on the basis
of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, homelessness, sexual orientation,
gender identity, age, or disability, in its educational programs, services,
activities, or employment practices; as defined and required by state and
federal laws. Further information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Janis
LaPorte at 508-876-0190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.