Friday, April 27, 2007
Carlisle School budget includes new programs
Belt-tightening has been the focus in discussions about next year's Carlisle School budget, but some items in the FY08 budget have been increased to support new programs, as well as accommodating state-mandates or increased expenses.
absorbed into budget
The World Language program has expanded greatly over the past two years, growing from two teachers to five teachers. Through grants from the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) Chinese and Spanish language teachers were added last year. An additional Spanish teacher was hired for the current year, allowing the school to offer Spanish in elementary grades 1 to 4. In addition, students were able to start their permanent choice of language (Spanish, Chinese, or French) in fifth grade instead of sixth grade. The school has one more year of a grant from the CEF, and then must absorb the complete World Language program into the FY09 budget.
Math specialist - Title I
The math specialist, added in 2005, works directly with students "at risk... in the area of math instruction," explains the school's web site. In 2005, the math specialist's salary was partially funded by a grant from the Carlisle School Association (CSA), and by a Title I Grant of $25,000. In 2006 the position was absorbed into the budget, but the school also received the Title I grant of $25,000. Due to the possibility that the grant will not be awarded by the state, the full salary of the math specialist and the stipend is included in the FY08 budget request.
New English Language Learner program
The school has begun a state-mandated English Language Learner (ELL) program. Students who do not speak English receive about 2-1/2 hours of English instruction each week. Currently the program is expected to cost $16,000 but the cost can vary, depending on how many children need the program at any given time.
In 2005 the CSA gave the school a grant of $25,000 to fund a part-time technology support person. This year the position has been absorbed into the budget, and Zimmerman said the FY08 budget allows for a small increase in the position to almost three-fourths time.
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