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2018/2019 Regional Budget Process

On January 2, 2018, the Budget Committee began the budget process with a 2.72% increase.

Subtractions and additions to the budget resulted in approximately a net reduction of $427,000.

The main drivers of the budget were the significant savings in health insurance from contract negotiations.  This savings offset a significant increase in debt service in the 2018/19 budget related to the recent construction at the high school (renovations in the science wing, locker rooms and fitness center, boiler and underground storage tank replacement, and partial roof replacement).  

The Budget Committee and Board's rationale for wanting to achieve a 0% increase was the following:
  • State budget putting pressure on local towns.
  • State grant uncertainty on RSD#1 and ECS funding.
  • HVRHS enrollment is currently at 364 resident students.
  • Enrollment projections show it being level next year with a projected decline over the next 5 years to 327.
Other Major Increase and Reductions
  • Business Ed program added, .2 FTE
  • Class sizes will be within reasonable limits with the proposed staffing plan.
  • Reductions in English - .4 FTE, World Language (German) - .2 FTE, PE/Health - .7 FTE, Social Studies - .4 FTE and Special Education - 1.0 FTE (retirement).
  • Special Olympics program added, $10,000.
  • District Application Coordinator salary reduced because position is being outsourced to EdAdvance.
  • IT Support Specialist increased from part-time position to full-time, $35,226.
  • Maintenance budget level funded.
  • Transportation for Bridges Program added, $13,904.
  • AP and PSAT testing included, $9,500 ($7,000 for one exam for each student, approx. 70 students, taking AP).
  • SPED transportation reduced, $40,000
  • SPED outplacement costs increased, $150,000.
To view the proposed budget, click here.