The process for building the Fiscal Year 2018 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.
In this budget, you will find an increased reliance on the use of School Choice and Building Rental funds, which are maintained in revolving accounts. As a District, we have made a conscious effort to allow these funds to grow in anticipation of needing them for our planned District Reorganization. With the decision not to organize, we are now in a position to utilize some of these funds to offset other costs. It is critically important to note that utilizing these one-time funds to cover the costs of our operating budget is not a long-term fiscal solution.
Notably the use of these funds will allow us to expand our developmental program at Warren, which creates an inclusive educational program for our most needy Pittaway students (those whose profiles include autism), who are moving up to Warren in the 2017-18 year.
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.
Jim Adams, Superintendent of Schools
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