FY ’13 School Budget Amounts Approved
Last night, June 6, 2012, the school budget to cover the 2012-13 school year was passed unanimously by the voters of Wells and Ogunquit.
The next step will take place on Tuesday, June 12. A referendum vote will be held on the total approved last evening.
Polling place are Wells High School (Wells) and Dunaway Center (Ogunquit).
The ballot question will read:
If you have any questions about the vote, please call the Superintendent’s Office.
Thank you for your continued interest in the budget process and in our schools.
School Committee Adopts FY ’13 Budget
On Wednesday, May 2 the Wells-Ogunquit CSD School Committee adopted the school budget for FY ’13 in the amount of $21,333,394. This represents a flat budget – no increase in the expenditure level over last year.
There are two very important steps to finalize the budget. On Wednesday, June 6 a Budget Meeting will be held in the Olenn Auditorium of Wells High School beginning at 7:00 PM. The budget adopted at that meeting will be presented for a ballot vote to the voters of Wells and Ogunquit on June 12 at the town polling locations.
In 2010, the voters of both towns elected to keep this two-step process, called Budget Validation Referendum, for the next three years before re-voting on the process.
You may view the School Committee’s recommended budget by clicking here (2012-2013 Proposed School Budget).
To arrive at the $21,333,394 figure for a second year, each administrator presented a budget lower than the current year. In addition, several adjustments were made to the proposed budget.
The estimated tax impact per $100,000 of local valuation to each taxpayer given the School Committee recommended budget would be:
Wells - $0.02 (a decrease of $2.00 per $100,000 valuation of your property)
Ogunquit $0.02 (an increase of $2.00 per $100,000 valuation of your property)
The printed Annual Report with detail will be mailed on or about May 17. If you have questions about the budget please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 646-8331 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support of quality education to all the students of our Wells-Ogunquit Community School District.
FY ’13 Budget Process Update – 4/3/12
March 21 Preliminary budget explained to School Committee and Public
· Year over year increase = .49% or $104,000
· Estimated mil rate: Wells $0.01 Ogunquit $0.04
· Estimated increase of $1.00 per 100,000 valuation – Wells
· Estimated Increase of $4.00 per 100,000 valuation – Ogunquit
School Committee requested “flat” increase requiring reduction of $104,000 additional [estimated mil rate: Wells -$0.02 / Ogunquit +$0.02]
March 28 Superintendent presented list of additional $104,000 reductions
March 28 Health insurance increase of 4% released
Because it is budgeted at an 8% increase, the district has $100,000 additional in the FY ’13 health insurance budget
School Committee did not give direction, preferring to study the numbers and new information
April 4 School Committee meeting
School Committee will determine final budget total including where to make reductions, how to use $100,000 in health insurance savings, and if $200,000 of FY ’12 balance forward should be used to continue next steps with the WHS building study
May 2 School Committee meeting – approve budget and issue warrants
June 6 Budget meeting – Olenn Auditorium at Wells High School at 7:00PM
June 12 Referendum vote – Polls at Wells High School and Dunaway Center
If you have questions, comments or concerns, please e-mail email@example.com or call the Superintendent (646-8331).
2012-2013 Preliminary Budget
March 7, 2012 - Superintendent's Preliminary Budget Presentation to School Committee
October 5, 2011 - Superintendent's Initial Budget Presentation to School Committee
November 2, 2011 - Approved Budget Timeline for FY '13 Budget Development
November 2, 2011 - Fixed increases proposal to SC (for discussion only)
OLDER INFORMATION BELOW
School Committee Adopts FY’12 Budget
On Wednesday, April 6 the Wells-Ogunquit CSD School Committee adopted a budget for Fiscal Year ’12 (FY’12) in the amount of $21,333,394. This represents an increase in expenditures from the FY’11 budget of $673,978, or 3.2%.
There are two very important steps to finalize the budget. On Wednesday, June 1 a Budget Meeting will be held in the Olen Auditorium of Wells High School beginning at 7:00 PM. The budget adopted at that meeting will be presented for a ballot vote to the voters of Wells and Ogunquit on June 14 at the town polling locations.
Last year the voters of both towns elected to keep this two-step process, called Budget Validation Referendum, for the next three years.
You may view the School Committee’s recommended budget by clicking on the Budget Information tab.
To arrive at the $21,333,394 figure, several adjustments were made to the proposed budget. They include the following:
Educational Technician I 30,035
Educational Technician III 37,592
Educational Technician III 34,612
Debt Service 50,425
Contingency Account 25,000
Telephone E-Rate 15,000
Health Insurance 50,000
Food Service Subsidy 2,000
Anticipated New Hire Savings 12,500
This budget does include new initiatives:
WES Grade 2 Teacher 62,826
(part of planned goal to reduce class size in lower grades)
WJHS Student Computer Replacement 60,000
(Grades 5 and 6)
WHS Architect Study 50,000
(to inform Facilities Committee regarding renovation/build)
Soccer Team Grade 7 5,186
Additional drivers of the budget increase include Health Insurance benefits, oil prices, and salaries.
The estimated tax impact on a $100,000 of local valuation to each tax payer given the School Committee recommended budget would be:
Ogunquit $ 3.00
The printed Annual Report with detail will be mailed to residents on or about May 19. If you have questions about the budget please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 646-8331 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your
continued support of quality education to all the students of our Wells-Ogunquit Community School District.
Update on FY'12 Budget Process
We continue to work on development of the FY '12 School Budget.
At the March 21 meeting the School Committee requested the Superintendent and Administrators develop a list of reductions to present for their consideration of lessening the increase and tax impact. Click here for the list. You will note it eliminates positions, reduces student transportation for instructional trips, as well as student supplies.
At the March 30 meeting the School Committee further asked the Superintendent to come back with additional savings or reductions so they could consider keeping the additional teaching position (for WES grade 2 to bring class sizes down from 22 to 17).
That information will be presented April 6 at 6:30 PM at the School Committee meeting and the School Committee is scheduled to agree upon a budget total at that time.
This will be followed by a May 4 School Committee meeting for approval of the budget and issuing of warrants. Once these totals are set, a Public Budget Meeting is scheduled for June 1, 2011 at 7:00 PM at WHS Olenn Auditorium. This is an important meeting because the registered voters who attend are able to vote on the budget articles.
Finally, the referendum vote will take place at the polls on June 14. In Wells, voting takes place in the High School Gymnasium. In Ogunquit, voting takes place at the Dunaway Center.
You are encouraged to share your comments at each School Committee meeting during the "public comment" section, by calling School Committee members or the Superintendent, or by using the email email@example.com . All emailed comments will be shared with the School Committee.
Thank you for your continued interest in the budget process.
Elaine M. Tomaszewski, Superintendent
FY '12 Preliminary Budget - 2/22/11
Budget Presentation to School Committee - 2/16/11
By policy, the WOCSD school budget development begins with initial planning each October for the next fiscal year.
The slides posted (Initial FY12 Budget Planning) represent an overview shared at the October 20, 2010 School Committee meeting.
As we prepare budget requests we will post additional information on the website.
We appreciate your interest in and support of the budget. Any questions regarding the budget process may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-8331.
Please remember School Committee meetings are public meetings.