PROPOSED FINAL FY 2020-2021 BUDGET
REGIONAL DISTRICT #11/PARISH HILL MS/H
FOR DISCUSSION AT BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC HEARING ON APRIL 21
FOR POTENTIAL ADOPTION BY BOARD OF EDUCATION AT ITS MEETING ON APRIL 28
KENNETH V. HENRICI
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
REGIONAL DISTRICT #11
I am presenting the proposed FY 20-21 budget to the Region #11 Board of Education. The proposed budget represents a 0.97% increase over the FY 19-20 budget which reflects an increase of $62,231 from the FY 19-20 budget. This increase does not even cover the cost of a new outplaced student who has just moved into the tri-town region. Please also keep in mind that during the 2020-2021 school year, projected cost increases in three categories—contractual salaries, health insurance, and outplaced student tuition and transportation will exceed this proposed FY 20-21 Budget.
This budget is being presented after careful review of every line item in the Region #11 budget. We intend to meet the educational needs of the Region #11 students while fully recognizing the financial constraints of tri-town taxpayers. Thus, this FY 20-21 budget that is being presented will keep Region #11 providing a quality education for all students.
It is also very important to note that the proposed budget options for 2020-2021 come at a time when other operating costs are rising, in some cases dramatically. For example, there will be significant financial obligations to pay for Region #11 students attending the STEM Magnet School, the ACT Magnet School, and the Lyman Vo-Ag program. Furthermore, we can expect flat ECS funding and little or no special education excess cost grant revenue. Finally, increased costs in textbooks and instructional supplies, and ensuring appropriate staffing levels have made proposing this budget increase exceptionally challenging.
I wish to once again make it clear that the budget presented this evening is a fair and responsible one. In sum, I can assure you that we are making every effort to present a budget that meets our obligation to provide a high quality education to all of our students while also recognizing the fiscal constraints to tri-town taxpayers.