Superintendent's FY'17 Budget Message
Peter Sanchioni Ph.D.
For the past eight years the Natick Public Schools have experienced financial stability predicated on multiple extraordinary events:
- the passage of an operational override in the spring of 2008,
- the receipt of $1,733,013 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in the spring of 2009,
- the receipt of additional Chapter 70 funds from the State in the spring of 2010,
- the receipt of Federal Funds in the spring of 2011 in the form of an EDU Jobs Grant, $518,585
- the receipt of additional Chapter 70 funds in the springs of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as a result of a rising student population.
These additional funding sources were used to avoid major budget deficits that would have led to drastic cuts in personnel. Even with these additional revenues, several positions were eliminated in 2009 and 2010 including the District Curriculum Coordinator positions for Language Arts and Math, a maintenance position, and a custodial position. However, no direct teaching positions were ever lost. Advantageously, in FY 12 and 13, six teaching positions were added to address enrollment needs. Two at Wilson in FY 12 and two at Kennedy, one at Johnson and one at Ben Hem in FY 13. In FY 14, with the additional Chapter 70 funds, the Natick Public Schools added 11 critically needed teaching positions to address rising enrollments. In FY 15 the Natick Public Schools added another 7.4 additional staff members all necessary due to rising enrollment. Again in FY 16, 9.9 positions were added to help deliver level services. Without these added teachers, academic class sizes would have soared well over 27 students in many core academic areas. In the last five years the Natick Public Schools have added 471 additional students.
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