By the Numbers: The Proposed Milford Schools 2013-2014 Budget

Milford Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Feser is calling for a 2.39% budget increase for 2013-2014.


At Monday night's Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Feser laid out her plan for a proposed 2013-2014 budget increase of 2.39%, which would be slightly higher than 2012-2013's 1.9% budget increase.

Dr. Feser stated that the budget increase is due mostly to teacher salaries and transporation costs.

Teacher’s Union wage increase for 2013-2014 is 0.75% plus a step increase. With the step increase, the total impact is 2.95% increase. 

Dr. Feser went on to note that the school is not seeking new dollars to cover the operational costs in new budget items.

Below is a look at what will be added to the budget and what will be taken away.

What Will Be Added to 2013-2014 the Budget?

2013-2014 Budget Item Cost Computers, Computer Software and Equipment $311,415 New Textbooks  $104,515 Professional Development Funding $212,183 Four (4) School Assistant/Teacher Leader positions and Nine (9) Cafteria Aides  $275,000 .5 Behaviorist, Lacrosse Funding, United Sports Programs, Debate Club, Middle School Curriculum Leader Positions for World Language and Combined Arts
Contracted Services (School Security)
Greeter Position at Each Elementary School
.5 Residency Officer and Business Systems Analyst
$90,000 Toal Cost $1,341,441


What Will Be Removed from Previous Budget?

Items Being Removed from Milford Schools Budget Savings  Ten (10) Teaching Positions (6 Regular Education and 4 Special Education), 5 Paraprofessionals (3 Special Education and 2 Regular Education), and a .5 Teacher of the Deaf $738,487 Some Summer School Staffing and Hourly Aides $80,698 Reductions in Defined Contribution and Education Reimbursement $36,234 Reductions in Some Contracted Services (Student-Assigned Nurse, Consultation Fees, Professional Evaluations, Mental Health Services, Work Study Fees, and Teacher Mini-Grants) $171,882 Facilities Savings $49,158 Reductions in Some Educational Supplies/Equipment and Other Support $254,745 Total Savings $1,331,204

Between the costs Dr. Feser is proposing ($1,341,441) and the cuts and reductions ($1,331,204), a balance of $10,237 remains. 

The exact details of the 2013-2014 budget are still being worked out and will be voted on by the Board of Education.

Check back with Milford Patch for more information on the specific proposals related to the 2013-2014 Milford Schools budget.

Robert Jochim January 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM
I hope the "Greeter Position at Each Elementary School" is allowed to be armed. I hate that our teachers and students are defenseless because they have to be in a "gun free zone." A "Greeter" would be a great line of defense.
Donald Sweeney January 16, 2013 at 01:10 PM
The greeter should be the security person. Who are they greeting? The students? Visitors should have prior approval and pre- screened.
CuriousOrange January 16, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Armed guards are not only scary. They send the message: "we are so scared." This is not the American way when I grew up some years ago. Armed guards did not deter the nuts at Columbine. The school security officer fired several shots but missed. Then a motorcycle cop showed up, shot and also missed. Just harden and make sure the school doors stay locked. It has to be cheaper than $87k + annual cost of armed guards.
Concerned Parent January 16, 2013 at 06:46 PM
The notion of having a guard at each school is galactically ludicrous. There are transparent methods of addressing the access to schools but for some unGodly reason is not being entertained. Preventing access of any potential threat is key to addressing any risk of a repeat of what happened in Newtown. To add to the risk by putting in place a guard to stop an intrusion due to a poorly designed entrance way into the school is idiotic. By virtue of this decision you have basically transformed schools into gun-free zones. Some may find this type of action as acceptable, but for children, they may see it different. What has gotten lost thru the last few years in schools is the school experience. Implementing these type of solutions in place will only impact a child's perception of what a school is intended. It is a narrow minded reaction.
Dave January 16, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I hope their are no armed greeter's (or janitors or lunch ladies) in my children's school. Besides the fact that armed guards make no difference (See Columbine, Virginia Tech and Fort Hood shootings) the presence of anyone with a gun increases the chance that the wrong person gets shot. Last year there was a shooting in NYC near the Empire State Building. Several nearby cops responded. In the ensuing confusion, eight bystanders were picked off by the cops. These were men and women who were trained repeatedly how to handle a situation like this. Image the slaughter if the kindly greater or Custodian with three weekends of training under their belt unloaded on a jittery and slightly creepy looking UPS guy while several children played in the background.
Gary M January 16, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Another board of ed increase of 2.39%? Why are there ncreases every year in the school budget with a school population that is declining? Jim Richitelli gets "handed" a big paying job that he was unqualified for. When does all the spending stop? Our board of education is completely out of touch with our economic times.
C.S. January 16, 2013 at 11:07 PM
There absolutely should be an armed resource officer in every school, long overdue if you ask me. Also I would like to take the time to say how pleased I am with Dr. Feser and the job that she is doing as superintendent, it surely is not an easy job, and she has done fabulously so far. Also a quick shout out to the best principal a high school students father could ask for....Fran Thompson as well as an amazing faculty of teachers.
C.S. January 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM
It would be a lot quicker in the short run to place a guard, but I do agree that the current entry systems in most all schools should be reviewed and redone. I disagree about your thinking that by having an armed police officer in a school would put that school more in harms way. I tend to think that a would be attacker may think twice by knowing that there is an armed as well as highly trained police officer in every school.
Alan L. January 16, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Anyone who puts up a stink about an increase in the school budget is clearly not paying attention. Most of the increase is because of pay increase for the union, not reckless spending. Dr. Fesar is doing a very good job and has brought much needed stability to our schools after a couple of rocky stints from the previous regime.
JE January 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Well said Alan L. I agree with you 100% and would add that people don't seem to be paying attention to what's being enforced by the state either. Clearly the state mandates that substantially increase teacher evalutaion requirements and changes to required curriculum are cause for some of the items and increase in the budget too. They are necessary measures, especially the new teacher evaluation standards.
Gary M January 17, 2013 at 01:01 AM
So you have no problem paying Jim Richitelli's salary? The City of Milford is out ouf touch during these difficult financial times. CS I admire you for pushing back aganst Dr. Feser's 1.5% raise. We all should be making due with less. That being said, security does need to be increased in our schools. Safety is a must!
Concerned Parent January 17, 2013 at 01:46 AM
I respectfully disagree. Although it may serve as a patch, there is a bigger issue surrounding enhancing the security of the buildings. Doing simple changes to the entrances by adding another set of doors with protective glass will provide more security than hiring armed guards.
Gary Tobin January 25, 2013 at 06:25 PM
If there is any seriousness about employing a Greeter or Security person at the schools these positions should be made part of one of the Union's contracts and create a city department with a supervisory staff. A clause in the contract stating this position shall not be vacant no more than two weeks. Additionally, when a greeter / security person is sick or a position is vacant for any time period or reasons such as a sick day, vacations, family leave, injury, a uniformed, on duty, Milford Police Officer will fill the position. This would be a true commiting to our children's security in the school buildings. Positions created which could be eliminated at any time during budget cuts says our kids security is valuable when we can afford it. Please don't think gun control laws will lessen the security threat you feel for your children. Thank You for listening.


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