Franklin School Board reviews balanced budget

Published 11:06 am Friday, March 4, 2011

FRANKLIN—Franklin School Board learned during a Thursday night meeting to expect a balanced budget for the 2011-2012 school year.

The proposed $12.6 million general fund spending plan includes no salary increases for a third straight year and no layoffs or reduction in personnel, Interim Finance Director Sheila Minor told the board.

“We have managed through attrition to maintain staffing,” Minor said.

The budget, which one month ago had a $450,000 deficit, was balanced by making a number of changes, including using a one-time $334,000 federal grant. What’s known as the JOBS fund provides $10 billion in assistance to states to save or create education jobs.

Other cuts include $23,500 to central office personnel and $30,000 for textbooks. The school district expects to spend $12,400 less for health care and save another $12,400 by not filling an opening for an elementary school aide.

The budget will not fund requests for full-time lead teachers at each school; right now they have part time. Other requests denied were for additional materials for the library, a social work specialist, a part-time office employee at S.P. Morton Elementary School, a new school bus, additional bus aide, separate bus route for Dorchester, two-way radios for busses and bus cameras.

The proposed budget reflects a 2.5 percent increase or $321,000 over the 2010-2011 spending plan, Minor said. This includes a 3.8 percent increase for instruction and decreases of 3.4 percent for administration and health care, 6.6 percent for transportation and 3.1 percent for operations maintenance.

Three-quarters of the budget will go toward instruction of students.

The school board will have work sessions to review the budget, which will be implemented on July 1.