Friday, March 9, 2007
Minuteman High looks to economize
At the February 26 Finance Committee (FinCom) meeting, William Callahan, Superintendent of Minuteman Regional School District, presented the proposed budget for FY08. The Minuteman Regional High School's operating budget increased by 3.8% while the total student population decreased by 5.2%. Due to a reduction of Carlisle students from 9.5 to 8.5 (full-time equivalent students) our assessment is expected to decrease by 6.4%. Per student cost for Carlisle is $20,200, a 4.8% increase over FY07.
When asked by FinCom Chair Thornton Ash, what cost containment efforts are being made, Callahan responded that three initiatives have been undertaken: First, five staff positions have been eliminated. Second, discussions have been started with Siemens Building Technologies regarding an energy savings program. Third, potential health cost savings are being reviewed.
Minuteman offers 23 career majors including programs in several "emerging occupations:" robotics, bio-engineering, pre-engineering, and ocean science. In addition to the regular student population there are post-graduate students and a small number of part-time students. More information about the high school, located in Lexington, is available at www.minuteman.org.
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