Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Impacts on Elementary Schools
As many of you know, Dr. Doherty presented the Superintendent’s Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 18) to the School Committee on Monday, January 9th. The budget is complex and detailed. There are three more School Committee meetings to review the budget with a final vote scheduled for January 26th.
Over the next month, the elementary principals will share information about the FY 18 budget and its impact on elementary schools. We hope to provide you with accurate information that will answer some of your questions. We will be highlighting specific parts of the budget that affect elementary schools. We encourage parents to attend the School Committee meetings to hear a more in-depth presentation of the budget impacts across the district.
Several recommended reductions from last night’s presentation are of particular interest to elementary parents.
- There is a recommended reduction of 2.0 full time equivalent elementary teachers.
- Prior to 2013, full day kindergarten para-educators were scheduled for 19 hours per week in each kindergarten classroom. In 2013, their hours were increased to 28 hours per week. In the FY 18 recommended budget, full day kindergarten para-educator hours will be returned to the pre-2013 allotment of 19 hours per week. Half day kindergarten para-educators will work 12.5 hour per week.
- The Instructional Mathematics Coach position has been removed from the recommended budget. This coach provides support with assessment planning, instructional planning, and professional development to teachers from kindergarten to 5th grade.
For complete budget information please review the Reading Public Schools website at http://www.reading.k12.ma.us/news/fy18-budget-information/ We will continue to provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding the FY ’18 budget on the district and individual school websites. If you have questions you can contact your school principal.
Heather Leonard, Barrows Principal
Julia Hendrix, Birch Meadow Principal
Eric Sprung, Eaton Principal
Sarah Leveque, Killam Principal
Joanne King, Wood End Principal