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Proposed 2018/19 Budget

On April 6, 2017, the 2017-2018 Budget was approved at a Public Hearing and sent to a referendum in May 2017 that was approved by voters of Regional School District No.1.

The 2017-2018 budget represented:

  • An increase of 1.83%
  • At the time that the budget was being developed, there was no revenue expected from the State for the Special Education Excess Cost Placement Grant (ECS).The State of Connecticut, which did not have a budget, was considering eliminating the ECS and reallocating the funds to the municipalities in lieu of cuts to ECS funding to towns.

Special Education and ECS

During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the district estimates it will receive $297,698 in ECS revenue.


After the passage of the 2017-18 budget, the district became responsible for the high cost of a district Special Education student, which caused the tuition outplacements line in the budget (line 272) to be overspent by approximately $100,000. This student will most likely continue to be the responsibility of the district in 2018-19, resulting in a $150,000 increase in the Special Education Excess Cost Grant, or approximately one-half of what it expects to receive from the State in 2017-18.


Three special education teachers will retire/resign at the end of 2017-18 and the district will replace 2 of the 3 teachers. This savings in salary and the savings in health insurance, by changing carriers to the State Partnership Plan 2.0 (this was negotiated during the teacher and non-certified collective bargaining), will allow the 2018-19 budget to remain flat compared to the 2017-18 budget.

RSSC

The RSSC budget, which is composed primarily of salary and benefits (91%) for 12 regional positions, increased 1.81%, due to negotiated salary increases. Savings in health insurance premiums, related to the switch in carriers, was offset by a change in coverage by one of the employees (no coverage budgeted in 2017-18 to family coverage in 2018 -19).


HVRHS

The 2018-19 HVRHS budget represents a .27% decrease or -$22,899. Salaries increased by $35,350, despite reductions in the academic areas (.2 FTE World Language, German; .4 FTE English; .7 FTE Physical Education and Health; and .6 FTE Social Studies).


The IT Support Specialist who provides desktop support to students, faculty and staff, as well as Network Chromebook support, increased from part-time to full-time ($35,226). Substitute teacher salaries increased by $10,000 based on historical usage and trends. Employee benefits decreased due to health insurance by $188,947. There were no significant budgetary changes in purchased services, supplies and equipment. An increase in debt service ($135,996) is related to the completion of the high school building project that will have a full impact on the 2018-19 budget.


The proposed 2018-19 budget is compared to the 2017-18 budget, not estimated expended amounts. As noted above, the revenues, which are used to offset the gross expenditures, have been increased from $0 to $150,247. The $297,698 received from the Special Education ECS grant in 2017-18 contributed to about 60% of the $491,000 reported as estimated surplus at the April 2018 Region One Board of Education meeting. The following updates/changes to the 2017-18 estimated expenditures are based on changes or anticipated changes between the public hearing and the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2018.

ESTIMATED EXPENDITURES


 


Account


As of

3/30/2018

Estimated Through

6/30/2018

 

Change in Amount

EST. UNEXPENDED FUNDS

$491,170

$278,944

-$212,226

 

 

 

 

Changes in estimated revenues

$952,937

$971,940

$19,003

 

 

 

 

Changes in estimated expenditures *

 

 

-$231,229

(See the most significant changes below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET CHANGE IN UNEXPENDED FUNDS

 

 

-$212,226

 

 

 

 

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN EXPENDITURES

 

 

 

Salary: English

$326,623

$335,624

$9,001

Salary: Director of Sci./Tech

$18,965

$24,765

$5,800

Homebound Tutors

$5,000

$15,359

$10,359

Benefits

$1,253,527

$1,283,041

$29,954

NEAS&C

$12,000

$18,981

$6,981

Legal

$15,000

$22,128

$7,128

Technology Subcontractors

$5,000

$17,280

$12,280

Public Relations

$8,000

$18,670

$10,670

Transportations for Bridges Program

$9,825

$17,383

$7,558

Tuition: Out-of-District (Reg. Ed.

Students)

$26,371

$60,117

$33,746

Special Ed. Transportation

$418,351

$462,985

$44,634

Tuition Outplacements

$970,746

$980,060

$9,314

Prof. Development: Superintendent Office

$9,600

$14,413

$5,013

TOTAL

$3,570,178

$3,270,806

$192,438

NOTES:

* See the revised estimated expenditure column in the 2018/19 proposed budget on www.region1schools.org for a detailed listing off all expenditures.



It should be noted that the district’s updated estimated expenditures for 2017-18 are $16,470,304 or $108,353 over budget. This will be offset by higher than anticipated revenues, mainly Special Education Excess Cost Grant. Additionally, revenues from out of district tuition and Ag-Ed Grant funding are $72,926 higher than budgeted. The district is anticipating an unexpended fund balance of approximately $275,000.


To see the budget that was approved at the April Regional School District No.1 Budget Hearing, go to: