HOLLIS/BROOKLINE COOP BUDGET COMMITTEE

December 17, 2007 Minutes

 

·       Members Present:  Forrest Milkowski, Lorin Rydstrom, Dan Peterson, Ray Valle, Doug Davidson, Fred Hubert and Greg d’Arbonne.

·       Members Absent: Mort Goulder

·       Guests/Public Present: Robert Kelly, Director of Special Education Services.

 

COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION:

 

MEMBERSHIP

Phone/office

e-mail/mail

Forrest Milkowski

Chairman

673-0399

603-759-1352 (cell)

ForrestMilkowski@earthlink.net

Forrest@Market-Advantage.net

P.O. Box 604, Brookline 03033

Lorin Rydstrom

Vice Chairman

465-2178

881-3700 (work)

Lorin.rydstrom@fctg.com

124 Dow Rd, Hollis, 03049

Greg d’Arbonne

Secretary

H: 672-5830

W: 978-657-1271

C: 978-604-8835

H: Gdarbo6844@aol.com

W: Gdarbonn@systems.textron.com

65 Cleveland Hill Rd., Brookline 03033

Dan Peterson

School Board Rep

465-3858

DanJPeterson@usa.net

22 Shedd Lane, Hollis, 03049

Morton Goulder

 

H: 465-2298

W: 821-5396

cfreed@flegal.com

cgoul96540@aol.com

97 Ridge Rd., Box 419, Hollis 03049

Doug Davidson

 

H: 465-3071

W: 465-3077

C: 603-689-5805

rangerfund@charter.net

4 Sumner Lane, Hollis 03049

Ray Valle

465-2800

566-1020 (cell)

delv@tds.net

85 Rideout Road, Hollis 03049

Fred Hubert

H: 672-9469

W:

C: 617-947-0823

 

H: fhubert67@yahoo.com

W: Fred.Hubert@skillsoft.com

46 Westview Rd., Brookline 03033

 

1.      Committee Chairman Forrest Milkowski called the meeting to order at 5:12 PM.

 

2.      Due to time constraints for Bob Kelly, the meeting began with discussions of the Special Education funding so Bob could also attend the non-Public session of the School Board Meeting in Brookline the same evening.

 

a.       Bob Kelly stated he has the 2007 – 2008 numbers for IEDEA and will provide them to the Budget Committee as soon as possible.

b.      Discussions centered on In-District and Out-of-District Special Education (SPED) Students.

c.       Forest Milkowski asked Bob Kelly why is there a greater shift in Out-of-District SPED students from last year. Bob said the cost for the Out-of-District programs is because of the programs that they are; primarily externally driven (not within the Hollis-Brookline SAU District). Doug Davidson asked if there was some way to have some kinds of “economies of scale” if we could provide the same services In-District if it were available?  Bob said there are some issues with this: space issues; the GATES Program has been a huge cost savings but it is not designed for students with severe psychological issues. Ray Valle brought up the point that Economies of Scale work best when the students have the same or similar issues.

d.      Bob Kelly has proposed a $929,101 budget for Out-of-District SPED for the 2008–2009 school year. His overall budget is a 2.71% potential increase for 2008–2009. This does not include any staffing increases.

e.       The Budget Committee members thanked Bob for taking the time to be with the Budget Committee due to the tight schedule.

 

3.      At 6:15 PM, Bob Kelly had to depart and the Budget Committee continued discussion of the SPED Budget. Forrest Milkowski asked, should Out-of-District SPED be in or out of the budget formula? Ray Valle feels it should be in the budget so the Taxpayers will know what their total tax will be. Forrest stated that Out-of-District education cots are sometimes legally required and not always predictable.

 

4.      Setting a Budget Figure for the COOP School Board: Discussion centered on how should the Budget Committee set a budget figure for the Coop School Board. Ray Valle stated that when he first joined the Budget Committee, the Budget Committee used a cost per student basis that included calculating economies of scale and also considered when there were other size based needs. Ray stated that in the past there was an effort to reduce cost per student, without considering inflation indices.  He also stated they considered other items based on specific annual needs, so it was not really a formulaic method. Dan Peterson articulated how the Budget Committee might do it this year  by stating last year’s gross budget was $18,130, 339. There were a total of 1,373 students projected for the 2007-2008 School year. There were items that, however, that were not included in last year’s budget as part of the figure the Coop School Board had to include in the budget calculation given by the Budget Committee. Fred Hubert made a Motion that the Budget Committee makes a final position on Out-of-District SPED costs and they should be excluded (subtracted from the gross budget and then added to the cost per student). Lorin Rydstrom seconded the Motion.

 

a.       Motion: Fred Hubert made a motion that the Budget Committee makes a final position on Out-of-District SPED costs and they should be excluded (subtracted from the gross budget and then added to the cost per student). Lorin Rydstrom seconded the motion.

b.      Vote: 6 in favor of the motion, 1 against. The motion passed.

 

5.      Dan Peterson made a motion that the In-District SPED costs also be excluded from the gross budget and then added to the cost per Student. Lorin Rydstrom seconded the motion. A yes vote means In-District SPED costs would be subtracted from the Budget.

 

a.       Motion: Dan Peterson made a motion that the In-District SPED costs also be excluded from the gross budget and then added to the cost per Student. Lorin Rydstrom seconded the motion.

b.      Vote: 0 in favor of the motion, 7 against. The motion did not pass.

 

6.      Lorin Rydstrom stated last year’s budget was $18,130,339. Items removed from this for budget calculation were: Debt Service which was $1,904,590; NRE which was $24,000; Out-of-District SPED which was $863,913; this was a total of $15,337,836. There were 1,373 students budgeted for the 07-08 school year for the COOP. This equates to $11,171.04 per student for 2007-2008. For 2008-2009, using the figure of 1.5% increase for CPI, this means per student cost will be $11,338.604. These figures were verified by the members of the budget Committee and the Minutes of last year’s Budget Committee meetings.

 

7.      Using the $11,338.604 and multiplying by 1,369, the projected enrollment of students and a base budget of $15,522,549, this is the Operational budget before adding back in the Debt Services, any NRE and Out-of-District SPED costs.

 

8.      The Budget Committee recommends to the School Board that the total budget for 2008-2009 should be $16,451,650 plus Debt Service of $1,897,946. The $929,101 for Out-of-District SPED costs is part of this recommendation.

 

9.      Ray Valle made a Motion that based on last year’s budgeted cost per student of $11,171.04 and a 1.5% COLA increase and a 08-09 enrollment of 1,369 students, the Budget Committee recommends a budget of $15,522,549 plus $929,101 for out of district SPED plus debt services of $1,897,946 for a total of $18,349,596.00. Greg d’Arbonne seconded the Motion.

 

a.       Motion: Ray Valle made a motion that based on last year’s budgeted cost per student of $11,171.04 and a 1.5% COLA increase and a 08-09 enrollment of 1,369 students, the Budget Committee recommends a budget of $15,522,549 plus $929,101 for out of district SPED plus debt services of $1,897,946 for a total of $18,349,596.00. Greg d’Arbonne seconded the motion.

b.      Vote: 6 in favor of the motion, 1 against. The motion passed.

 

10.  Ray Valle made a Motion that the Minutes as published be accepted. Lorin Rydstrom seconded the motion.

 

a.       Motion: Ray Valle made a motion that the Budget Committee accepts the October 25, 2007 Minutes as previously published in e-mails. Lorin Rydstrom seconded the motion.

b.      Vote: 5 in favor of the motion, none against. Fred Hubert and Dan Peterson were not present at the previous meeting so they recused themselves from the vote. The motion passed.

 

11.  Next Meeting: It was agreed that another meeting should be scheduled very soon. The 7th of January at 5 PM at the Hollis-Brookline Middle School was selected.

 

12.  Lorin Rydstrom made a Motion to adjourn the meeting. Greg d’Arbonne seconded the motion. All voted in favor. The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 8:05 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Greg d’Arbonne

Secretary