The School Committee approved the proposed $18 million budget Monday night.
ADAMS, Mass. — An $18 million budget was unanimously approved by the School Committee on Monday night.
The Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee held a 30-minute public hearing on the budget prior to its regular meeting. After a brief overview, only one resident had any questions.
Selectwoman Paula Melville questioned the committee on the numbers and asked about the differences between the town's assessment and what the state recommends for minimum spending. The state says the town should contribute at least $3,074,740 toward the school's foundation budget, according to Melville, but the total assessment (without transportation and capital costs) is $3,712,840.
"People in Adams should know the dollar amount above what we're required to pay," Melville said.
Superintendent Alfred Skrocki replied that a line item budget will be available to the Selectmen.
The budget presentation is below. Orignal Story posted on Friday, March 09, 2012at 4 a.m.
Superintendent Alfred Skrocki said the total budget is increasing by about 2.1 percent.
ADAMS, Mass. — A 2.1 percent increase is being eyed for next year's school budget.
Superintendent Alfred Skrocki began presenting his proposed $18 million budget to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School committee on Wednesday.
The total budget is up by $363,867 and the spending plan shifts capital investment dollars toward instructional.
The budget will raise Cheshire's assessment by 4.7 percent and Adams' by .6 percent. Some of that increase is debt for renovations at Hoosac Valley High School that is excluded from Proposition 2 1/2. About 2.5 percent will count against Cheshire's tax levy and the amount against Adams' levy will decrease.
The biggest change in the budget is with capital improvements. The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is paid up on its construction project at CT Plunkett Elementary School but the state still has a final reimbursement payment of about $400,000, which will be added to the budget this year.
Additionally, with a new school, the maintenance line is also decreasing. Those funds will be put toward instructional items, which includes keeping two teachers and seven paraprofessionals no longer being funded by grant dollars.
The school will be adding three new positions — a middle school vice principal, middle school guidance counselor and a middle school special education teacher.
"Quite frankly, we've had a gap in those areas for some years now," Skrocki said. "There is going to be a lot on our plate in the next few years."
The total staffing will not change because three teaching positions will be reduced, he said.
Other budget highlights include a 9.3 percent increase in spending for special education, 8.5 percent increase in instructional support and a 2.1 percent increase in regular instruction. The schools are losing about $500,000 in federal grant money that is being picked up either by being added to budget or in reductions. School officials are also expecting an increase in transportation costs as they negotiate a new busing contract.
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Hopefully our elected officials in Cheshire will look out for its already over-taxed, taxpayers. The school districts budget has been out of control and incredibly top-heavy for years.
"The biggest change in the budget is with capital improvements. The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District is paid up on its construction project at CT Plunkett Elementary School but the state still has a final reimbursement payment of about $400,000, which will be added to the budget this year."
That money is Adams' Money and can not be giiven to the District without Town Meeting approval.no matter how they spin it...That $400,000 is an increase to the budget..
tie for a reality check we cannot continue to spend this kind of money, time to do without with less, no pay increases for anyone ! not just schools, time to stand up aginst the unions and say NO, if you dont like it there is another in line who needs the work. i have not had a pay increase in over five years and i can still mannage my bills. time for adams to do the same
The taxpaers have had enough. Town workers and teachers have been given raises every year. People in the private sector haven't had raises and are paying more for insurance. It is time for the taxpayers to stand up and stop the msdness. NO MORE
The problem is, everyone in the town and the district gets raises annual and I'm not just talking cost of living. The town is on some stupid automatic increase system that just keeps adding to the tax rolls. And let's not even get started on the unions. As far as I know, work to rule is still in place so we overpay for teachers who won't even put in a little extra time to help our kids without griping about more money or benefits. Time to suck it up guys...like the rest of us. More with less sounds EXCELLENT!
Teachers are NOT work to rule, the budget was settled last year and it was of little benefit to any teacher, all of whom saw significant increases to health insurance and most took NO pay increase, with the rise in ins rates most took a cut in take home pay. This is not the fault of teachers or unions. Grants, state, and federal funding for education are all down. This makes it a local problem to fix, that is the unfortunate truth.
Work to Rule should NEVER, EVER be on the table as a negotiating tactic. Students suffer, period. They are not "leverage" or "tools" to use. Anyone who is salaried and working in the private sector without union protection, and that the majority of the labor force these days, work extra hours with no additional benefit just to stay employed. I agree, the state has dropped the ball but that does not make it a local issue by default. There is only so much money locally and we are all tapped out. The well is dry. It's time for some serious sacrifices or, better yet, it's time to consolidate ALL of the local school districts into one, and shudder all buildings with the exception of those needed to handle the student population. Many of these now aged buildings were built to accomodate student bodies much larger than they are today. I'm also in favor of year-round schooling. Teachers making a healthy wage for year round service don't need two months off in the summer. Enough with the bottomless budgets!
Someone do the math. Public workers have been given raises and cheep insurance every year. People that pay the public workers have NOT gotten raises and are paying more for insurance . So simple math will tell anyone that this will not work for long. Why is it so hard for some to understand ???? Stop the giving away money that people do not have . JUST SAY NO.
Subcontract the maintenance as that is something that should not be reduced just because the school is being renovated. Last time I checked even a new school still requires the same amount of cleaning, lawn care, etc... We spent millions to have the renovations look like the old school in the end - come on people. How can you do with less maintenance than what has been provided over the previous years???? This is what has gotten us to where we are today...
While you are bashing the teachers why don't you find out how much a paraprofessional gets paid for working with your children who doesn't want to study, do their homework and are just plain lazy. Paraprofessionals do not get paid for holidays, vacations and summers. Some paraprofessionals spend more time working in the schools than the teachers do.
Why does everything on this site turn to bashing the teachers and administrators in the school disctrict? It is strange to some of you that people who live in your towns work at the schools? Is it strange to some that some people who work in the district share last names? ACRSD has been sending students off to great colleges where they often excel. For you negative people, go to college, get certified as a teacher, change YOUR last name, and apply to the district. I am sure you'll do fine.
A lot of bad, incorrect, infactual information being spewed here. iBerkshires has a journalistic responsibility not to turn the media into a rumor mill that slanders people and misinforms the public. Either police what is being blogged on here or make people sign their names.
This site is a tabloid, and is making North County look like a joke.
I've got to agree with Disgusted. All the reputable online new sources are making people at least have a "discus" account or login with their facebook, not this total anonymity that promotes 85% negative comments. Several very nice stories have been written on Adams in the past weeks and because people had nothing "nasty" to write about, they wrote hardly anything at all.
Come on iBerkshires, raise the bar.
I do not go on IBerkshires very often but I am shocked at the negative comments which I just read here. Its unfortunate that the people who post comments here are so sadly misinformed. It is very unfortunate. Not one of them has been to a meeting when the budget was discussed. It is also unfortunate that these comments are posted without the person posting their names. Furthermore, they are allowed to submit their ridiculous comments without any knowledge of the facts presented at those meetings. It is really very very sad.
To Disingenuious as ever...get your facts straight. Either you do not have a clue what you are talking about or you just wish to spread misinformation about the facts presented at the budget presentations. All $400,000 is being given back to the taxpayers of Adams in FY2013. What budget meetings did you attend...oh yes, there were some on Mars! lol
The problem I have with the district is over right-sizing. With most businesses and other public entities altering management and administrative structures to do more with less and cutting back on workers to get the most from their dimes, school districts take their annual see their budgets rise year after year and present to communities with assumed impunity. All this with a steadily shrinking population of students. Something needs to be done and it needs to be done in Boston. This process cannot be sustained.