Budget Information

January 2018


The process for building the FY’19 (the 2018-19 School Year) budget began in earnest in November with principals, directors and the entire administrative team conducting a detailed review of all staff, enrollment projections, needs of individual schools and each budgetary line item.  Our administrative team also participated in a budgeting workshop with the School Committee to discuss District priorities and ensure my recommended budget aligns with our community’s values.  I believe my budget recommendation will increase student achievement for all students in each of our buildings as outlined in our Blueprint for Continuous Student Improvement (See Appendix 3).


In this budget, you will find an increased reliance on the use of revolving accounts to balance our budget with the Town’s expectations, create an In-House Special Education Program at Mindess, and maintain a level of educational service expected and deserved by our community.  The use of one-time revolving funds, such as School Choice, is not a financially sustainable or sound long-term strategy, however, it is something that must be done. As you will see in Appendix 2 the Ashland Public Schools will rely on these funds over the next couple of years to assist in offsetting the operating budget.


It is important to note that as early as 2021, the use of these funds could have a detrimental impact on our ability to sustain our operating capacity, especially, if our enrollment continues to increase.  In taking a long-range look at our financial situation, I fully expect our charter school expense to continue to decline, it is down about $750,000 since I took over as superintendent, and through the building of In-House Special Education programs, we should see our Out-of-District Costs stabilize and be less of an overall impact on the budget. Based on these offsetting factors, I am comfortable recommending the short-term use of one-time funds to support the District’s FY’19 operating budget.


I hope this summary will assist you in understanding what is required to operate the Ashland Public Schools.  We are fortunate that the Ashland Community is so supportive of education and understands the level of commitment it takes to maintain a top tier school system.  On behalf of the Ashland Public Schools and our entire faculty and staff, I thank the citizens of Ashland for your continued support.


Be well,

Jim Adams, Superintendent of Schools

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