"Proposed" Budget

posted Mar 15, 2017, 7:47 AM by Superintendents Office
Dec 11, 2016

Dear Parents & Guardians:

Over the last two weeks the "proposed" Union Budget has been discussed and reviewed
by many. It has become clear that the original reasons for this position being proposed
no longer matter and are outweighed by the concerns being shared by many. It is also
clear that the animosity being created is taking away from the good work now being
completed in our schools by our students and staff and will if it continues interfere with
their good work in the future. This is not acceptable to our school boards and your
Superintendent and is not the role of the Superintendent's Office in Union 76. The
proposed Business Manager position and the animosity and bad will it has created is not
supporting our most important resources -- our students and staff. The Business
Manager position has now been taken out of the proposed 17-18 Union 76 Budget.
Discussions about taking this position out of the proposed U76, 17-18 Budget started
this past Friday and culminated in discussions over the weekend.

With the elimination of the Business Manager position the new U76 Budget, to be
reviewed by the Union 76 Board will have an overall increase of 1.95%, as
compared to the original proposal of 11.6%.

Each year, per the Union Budget Guidelines, we base the formula for the following year,
% of funds raised by each district, using the Oct. 1st counts in the following three areas:
Total Staff, Student Population and Special Ed. Population. For the present 16-17 school
year the percentages for our three districts are as follows:

Brooklin - 16.23%
CSD 13 - 61.82%
Sedgwick - 21.95%.

For 17-18 the new percentages are as follows:

Brooklin - 15.50%
CSD 13 - 60.97%
Sedgwick - 23.52%.

When comparing the 16-17 Budget to the newly revised and proposed 17-18
Budget (without the Business Manager), it will mean the following for our 3 districts:

- Brooklin, an overall reduction of $2,200.00
- CSD 13, an overall increase of $1,900.00
- Sedgwick, an overall increase of $11,300.00
(Sedgwick's increase in the formula for 17-18 is the reason their line is going up).

As Superintendent of Schools it is my responsibility to keep the clarity of message
positive, clear and focused on and with our students, staff and schools. This did not
occur in this instance and I apologize and take responsibility for that.

My best,

Christian M. Elkington
Superintendent Union 76