2023-2024 Proposed School Budget
Thursday, June 1, 2023
Re: 2023-2024 Proposed School Budget
Dear Winslow Parents and Community Members,
I hope you had an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather the Memorial Day weekend had to offer. I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of a very important event for the school community. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 as residents of the Town of Winslow go to the polls located at the Winslow Town Library from 8:00a.m to 8:00p.m to cast their ballots.
This email provides a summary of information regarding the proposed school budget. I am proud to report that the budget process included a cooperative effort among teachers, administrators, school board members and town council/town manager. Our budget represents the minimum funding required in order to maintain a quality education for our students in Winslow Maine along with being fiscally responsible to the taxpayers in our community.
Our total budget request for 2023/2024 is $18,825,544,68. The following is a summary of the main initiatives driving this budget.
Salary and Benefits- 76% of our budget falls in the area of salaries and benefits. We employ over 200 people in various capacities in order to effectively operate our school district. Increases to salaries and benefits due to contractual obligations amounted to $367,932.
Inflation- We have all been impacted by inflation. Unfortunately, schools are not exempt. One example of how inflation affected us is with heating fuel. We consume over 60,000 gallons of fuel to heat our buildings. Last year, we were able to lock in at $2.97 per gallon. This year, our lock in price was $3.07 per gallon. We were very fortunate to lock in at $3.07 per gallon but our new lock in price will still represent an increase over last year for the same amount of fuel. This has been the case for many items in our budget. They are small amounts in various line items but added together represent a significant impact.
Meeting the needs of students- In order to provide the necessary academic and emotional support necessary for our students to succeed and to be in compliance with student caseload requirements, we added one Special Education instructor at the Jr./Sr. High level and we increased our Special Education Contracted Service lines. Together, this amounted to an increase of $205,370.
We did experience an increase in state revenue over last year. That amount equaled $270,469. We also experienced an increase in tuition revenue from students living in communities other than Winslow wishing to be a part of our school system. In addition, we increased our amount from our undesignated fund by $50,000 to lessen the tax increase to the local taxpayer.
Cuts and Adjustments
The administrative team made cuts and adjustments to the original proposal in the amount of $469,611. The cuts and adjustments included not replacing 1.5 teaching positions due to attrition.
After applying the various state and local revenues mentioned above and making cuts and adjustments, the proposed 2023/2024 Winslow School budget represents a 4.39% increase (or $374,931) to the local tax appropriation.
Please exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.
Superintendent of Winslow Schools