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Friday, January 8, 2010

Carlisle School sees no increase in FY11 budget

Class sizes to shrink as enrollment drops by 35

At the December 16 Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting Superintendent Marie Doyle presented a draft FY11 Carlisle School budget of $9,007,421, identical in size to the FY10 school budget. According to Doyle, FY11 budget drivers include salaries and a reduction in state “circuit breaker” funds for special education. The budget includes a 3% increase for supplies and service and increases of 5% for special education transportation, out-of-district tuition costs and fixed utility costs.

Doyle said the impact from a zero-growth budget includes less administrative support, less curriculum support for teachers and fewer supplies. The budget includes anticipated cuts in administration, legal services, clerical services and special education. When asked what special education services will be cut, Doyle explained that the details are not available at this time. Table 1 shows the increases between FY06 to FY10, which averaged 3.40%.

Slightly smaller class sizes

Average class sizes will vary between 16 and 24, depending on the grade (see Table 2). This year the average number of students per section in grades pre-K – 2 varies between 16 and 21, but next year classes are expected to be more uniform at 16 or 17 children per section. The number of sections per grade will remain unchanged, with the exception of fourth and fifth grades. Fourth grade will grow from three sections to four, while fifth grade will drop from four sections to three. Overall enrollment is projected to drop by 35 students. ∆

Table 1. Carlisle School

Budget Increases

Fiscal Year

Increase over Previous Year

FY06

FY07

FY08

FY09

FY10

FY11 – draft

4.26%

5.84%

4.75%

1.42%

0.74%

0%

(from “Carlisle Public School FY11 Budget Presentation”)

Table 2. Carlisle School Enrollment*

Current 2009-2010

Projected 2010-2011

Enrollment

Average Class Size

Enrollment

Sections

Average Class Size

Pre-K

Kindergarten

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Sixth

Seventh

Eighth

16

63

62

80

76

65

95

88

73

85

16

21

16

20

19

22

24

22

18

21

16

50

63

62

80

76

65

95

88

73

1

3

4

4

4

4

3

4

4

4

16

17

16

16

20

19

22

24

22

18

Total:

703

20

668

35

19


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