Friday, November 18, 2005
RSC eyes high school FY07 budget
The Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee has begun to discuss the preliminary data for the FY07 high school budget. At their meeting on October 25, it was noted that special education costs were increasing, primarily due to an unanticipated increase in the number of students who need out-of-district placements. John Flaherty, Director of Finance and Operations, said the new students caused "a $350,000 deficit in the FY06 budget." He added, "This will cause an increase in the FY07 budget as well."
Flaherty reported on the FY07 budget based on the levy limit with 3.3% expected growth. "This preliminary budget has a 50% increase from last year built in for energy costs. It's unclear that will be enough. Energy prices are falling in the last few days, but we are still well above where we last locked in." Using these preliminary numbers, "There is a $795,000 shortfall at the region at this time," stated Flaherty. Other preliminary budget needs were identified, including tech support for all the new technology, investment in staffing, and the need for another SPED teacher. These needs would roughly add an additional $301,000 to the budget.
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