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Vernon Education Budget Proposed at $51.88 Million for 2013-14

The numbers were presented on Wednesday.

An increase of 7.69 percent has been proposed for the 2013-14 school system budget - and that could go higher if Board of Education members like a revision requested of Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway.

Conway on Wednesday night presented a $51.88 million 2013-14 budget proposal to the school board. The bottom line of $51,885,043 represents an increase of $3,704,046 - or 7.69 percent - over this year's budget of $48,180,997.

The School board is scheduled to begin deliberating over the numbers on Jan. 16.

Here is an overview of the budget plan:

Salaries and Wages

• 2012-13 approved - $31,046,746.
• 2013-14 proposed - $32,201,594.
• Increase - $1,154,848.
• Percent change - 3.7 percent.

Employee Benefits

• 2012-13 approved - $7,034,216.
• 2013-14 proposed - $7,657,647.
• Increase - $623,431.
• Percent change - 8.9 percent.

The teachers are in the final year of a three-year deal which gives them a 2.9 percent wage increase - with no step increases - next year. In all, contractual obligations for salaries, wages, benefits, insurance and pensions are increasing to the tune of $1,180,835 in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Professional and Technical Service

• 2012-13 approved - $1,164,190.
• 2013-14 proposed - $1,482,399.
• Increase - $318,209.
• Percent change - 27.3 percent.

Other Purchased Services

• 2012-13 approved - $5,380,931.
• 2013-14 proposed - $6,632,048.
• Increase - $1,251,117.
• Percent change - 23.3 percent.

Purchased services include transportation costs (up $185,340) and out-placements. Magnet school tuitions alone are requested at $650,000 and $200,000 more has been proposed based on current and projected costs.

Property Services

• 2012-13 approved - $1,257,957.
• 2013-14 proposed - $1,255,313.
• Decrease - $2,644.
• Percent change - minus-0.2 percent.

Supplies and Materials

• 2012-13 approved - $1,907,070.
• 2013-14 proposed - $2,105,275.
• Increase - $198,205.
• Percent change - 10.4 percent.

Capital Outlay

• 2012-13 approved - $369,212.
• 2013-14 proposed - $445,767.
• Increase - $76,555.
• Percent change - 20.7percent.

Other Sundry

• 2012-13 approved - $20,675.
• 2013-14 proposed - $105,000.
• Increase - $84,325.
• Percent change - 407.9 percent.

The account represents a $105,000 contingency.

By the time the Feb. 8 deadline rolls around for the budget proposal to be sent to Mayor George Apel, the bottom line could be higher. Conway set aside $161,000 ($131,000 for the equivalent of 2.5 additional staff positions and $30,000 for furniture and supplies) to implement full-day kindergarten at Maple Street and Northeast schools.

Conway said the plan is to then set up full-day programs at Center Road School in the 2014-15 budget and at both Lake Street and Skinner Road schools the following year.

Several school board members asked her to put together a revised cost estimate for full-day kindergarten at all five elementary schools next year.

The full budget calendar is attached.

Robert B. Hurd January 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM
What's going on? When I visit your site, I get an ad for the 'best kept stock secret' which cannot be removed. It covers the first three paragraphs of the main article. How can we make it go away?
Chris Dehnel (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM
There is a problem with the image appearing when stories are viewed through a mobile device. It is being worked on. Here is the top of the story: An increase of 7.69 percent has been proposed for the 2013-14 school system budget - and that could go higher if Board of Education members like a revision requested of Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway. Conway on Wednesday night presented a $51.88 million 2013-14 budget proposal to the school board. The bottom line of $51,885,043 represents an increase of $3,704,046 - or 7.69 percent - over this year's budget of $48,180,997.
M January 10, 2013 at 01:32 PM
HOW, HOW, HOW is opening staggered full day kindergarten across the town of Vernon offering ALL of our chikdren an equal education??????
Vernon Mom January 10, 2013 at 02:55 PM
M, the board requested numbers for all 5 schools, we need to let it play out, most school districts do not introduce this district wide, usually because cost make it prohibative. You'd have to check with the registrar of voters but I do not think families show a huge turn out on voting days and WE MUST! Often times what happens is a budget is voted down and they have to start chopping away at things. An initative like this could be one of the first things to go. Not to mention, out kids are not getting equal educations right now, take a look at the individual elementary budgets, far, far from equal.
Paul Stansel January 10, 2013 at 03:51 PM
We had full day town wide... parents refused to turn out to support the budget and we lost it. Many of us have fought for years to bring it back and I am glad to see it being revived again. I understand and agree that it should be town wide, but as Vernon Mom said let's let it play out.
Tom January 10, 2013 at 08:40 PM
A 7.7 % increase or more borders on Obscene.Most of it is locked in with wages and benefits. Like to know what is driving up the cost for magnet school expense I always thought that should be a net neutral number with revenue from incoming students. I think they will need to reduce this budget by a good 700k before you even think about adding full day kindergarten in a limited fashion.
Paul Stansel January 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Not nearly as many incomming students as outgoing to magnet schools.
Vernon Mom January 11, 2013 at 01:57 PM
We have got to get our famlies out to vote, bottom line, though I am curious about the magnet school numbers as well.
Rita Courtois January 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Where can I see the actual full budget broken down by school? I have some questions about resources equity among the elementary schools and would like to be able to confirm or dispel by questions.

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