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Superintendent's Proposed FY18 Budget

Dear Newton Community,

 
The Newton Public Schools are characterized by our commitment to excellence and equity.  In recent years, our strong financial foundation has given us the opportunity to expand academic opportunities for students, build capacity to support the social/emotional needs of students, implement academic supports to narrow the achievement gap, maintain favorable class sizes, and improve and expand our school facilities. In preparing the FY18 budget, it was our goal to maintain our forward momentum, preserve the programs and supports we have built over the past few years, and continue to provide a high quality education to all students in the Newton Public Schools.  

 

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:

  • Continues investment in initiatives to address the needs of a wide range of students
  • Preserves programs we have worked hard to implement and expand
  • Identifies areas that will be impacted

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.

 
Sincerely,
David Fleishman 
 
BUDGET MATERIALS
 
Budget book (152 pages)
NewTV (video of budget presentation to School Committee - March 22, 2017) 
 
For more information and ongoing updates on the FY18 budget process, please visit the School Committee page here.



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