Budget Information

February 2020

Dear Ashland School Committee and Ashland Community,

I am pleased to present you with an Executive Summary of the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY'21) Superintendent's Recommended Operating Budget (below). It is designed to provide you with a broad view of the budget, yet you will find some specific and detailed explanations as to why certain requests are being made. I hope it is clear, concise, and allows you to fully understand the recommended budget. 

The development of the FY'21 (the 2020-21 School Year) budget began in earnest in November with principals, directors and the entire administrative team conducting a detailed review of staffing, enrollment projections, needs of individual schools and each budgetary line item. Our administrative team also participated in a budgeting workshop with the School Committee on February 6, 2020 to discuss District priorities to ensure the budget aligns with our communitv’s values and our Blueprint for Continuous Student Improvement (see Appendix 2). I believe this budget will continue to move the Ashland Public Schools forward.

The first thing you will likely notice is the budget request calls for an increase of about 6.64% or $2.2 million dollars from FY'20. You may be wondering: How is it possible for the Town to afford such a large increase to the APS budget? The simple answer is that we can't afford not to.

The District will continue to invest in specialized programming to control our Special Education Out-of-District costs and support English Language Learners and students who struggle with literacy.  

The increases included in this year's recommended budget allow us to continue the progress we have made over the past several years. You can find a description of all new recommended positions in Appendix 3 of this document. 

I hope this summary will assist you in fully understanding what is required to operate the Ashland Public Schools. 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,

James E Adams signature, Superintendent of Ashland MA Public Schools

James E. Adams, Superintendent of Schools

FY21 Proposed Staffing

FY21 Presentations

Administration & Union Contracts

(James Adams) Superintendent Contract                                                     
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2025

July1, 2020 - June 30, 2023

Ashland Educators Association Contract    
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020    
AEA Unit B - Educational Support Personnel Contract    
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020     
AEA Nurses Unit Contract    
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020    
Nutrition Services Personnel Contract    
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022     
Ashland School Custodians and Maintenance Workers    
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021    
Ashland Secretaries Unit Contract
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020