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Jamestown School Committee Meeting: November 13, 2003

Unfinished Business

Discussion of School Budget 2004-2005: Superintendent Katherine Sipala presented an overview of the proposed budget. Due to an anticipated 20-student decrease in enrollment for September 2004, Mrs. Sipala recommends closing a classroom at the 4th and 5th grade levels and eliminating one teacher assistant position at each school. High school enrollment is expected to increase by 32 students due to the difference in numbers between incoming 9th graders and graduating seniors. The budget impact of the increased enrollment will be offset in part by the lower tuition rate negotiated last spring. Other personnel recommendations are to increase staffing hours for the technology department in response to the growing need for technical support in the classroom and business operations; and to upgrade the half-time position of payroll clerk to a 35-hour-per-week human resources/fiscal clerk position in response to a substantial increase in the number and type of reports required by the state. Tech Coordinator Sue Murdoch reported on technology department activity and needs. Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Lew Kitts presented building and maintenance budget needs and the capital improvement plan. He pointed out a $10,000 reduction in the line item for electricity due to savings realized from fixture retrofits. Because of expanded facility use for meetings, before- and after-school activities and recreation programs, Mrs. Sipala recommends increasing the part-time custodian approved in last yearís budget to a full-time position. Director of Special Education Elizabeth Pinto reviewed the 6.4% increase requested for the special education budget. The committee commended Ms. Pinto for achieving cost containment without compromising the high quality of support provided.

Budget discussion will continue at the November 20 meeting. No figure for overall budget increase will be available until a format for reporting the transitional, 16-month budget period can be determined with the town administration.

Budget work sessions of the Jamestown School Committee are scheduled on November 20 and December 4. The next business meeting is scheduled on December 11. All meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Melrose Multi-Purpose Room.