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Jamestown School Committee Meeting: January 13, 2005

Information and Proposals

Discussion of School Budget 2005-2006 : Superintendent Katherine Sipala presented an overview of the proposed budget. Enrollment at Jamestown's two schools is expected to decrease by 25 students for September 2005, while the number of Jamestown students at the high school is expected to increase by 15. The proposed budget supports the strategic plan, which, Ms. Sipala noted, is not about “more,” but “better.” At Melrose, Mrs. Sipala recommends eliminating the K-1 resource position to add a second teacher (severe/profound) in the autism program. Special needs in K-1 will be met by the planning center teacher and reading teacher. A teacher assistant position in the autism program will be eliminated. At Lawn, as three fifth grade groups move to the sixth grade, the fourth sixth grade classroom will be closed. Also, because changes in special education evaluation requirements allow the school psychologist to spend less time on evaluation and remediation, this position will be expanded to include consultation with teachers on differentiated instruction – supporting the strategic plan. Ms. Sipala reported that technology services will be purchased from North Kingstown, supplementing services currently provided by two part-time positions. The former third (part-time) position will not be filled. Ms. Sipala also noted the impact on the budget of increases in the cost of utilities; a 50% increase in workers' compensation premiums; increases in health care premiums; and an unanticipated increase in the employer pension contribution. Budget discussion will continue on Feb. 3 with a presentation on instruction; and on the 10 th, with a presentation on capital expenditures and the 5-year capital plan. The school committee will vote on February 17, delivering the budget to the town administrator by March 1.

Budget work sessions of the Jamestown School Committee are scheduled on February 3, 10 and 17. The next business meeting is scheduled on February 20. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Melrose Multi-Purpose Room.