Dear Newton Community,
However, the budget for FY18 presented us with significant challenges. Increases in transportation, healthcare, and student services costs, coupled with an FY17 deficit, left the district with a budget gap. Despite thorough research, evaluation, and analysis over the past few months, the $2 million shortfall persists and must be addressed in the FY18 budget.
The balanced budget was developed collaboratively with central office administrators and principals who were challenged to find the best path forward in this difficult budget environment. It reflects our commitment to improving student achievement and providing strong supports for all students. More specifically, this budget does the following:
While this budget has the capacity to move our system forward, it does represent some loss. We did everything possible to reduce non-personnel expenses with the intent of limiting impact on school operations and instruction. We also realized administrative efficiencies and restructuring wherever possible. The choices made reflect thorough discussion and deliberation, as well as very difficult decisions made by central office administrators and principals.
This budget process has been challenging, but I am confident we will be able to provide students with a high quality educational experience next year.