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Board of Ed Posts Budget Materials for Review

On the Milford Board of Education's website, all of the 2013-2014 budget materials are available for your perusal.

 

The Milford Board of Education has posted all of the 2013-2014 Budget materials on their website. The proposed Budget is also available as PDF files for you to view in this article.

Gary Tobin February 13, 2013 at 04:36 PM
-AP courses and programs are funded way more than their true value to the students. -New non-curriculums are being added and funded before existing curriculums that are in need of funding and supplies.
Michael Nelson February 13, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Page 2. What are you selling here? Page 3 - student achievement toward *what*? Improving and growing the system *how* and to what extent? Honor's the city's fiscal challenges *how*? Page 5 - Environ & Ops needs - kids need a school, a bus, teachers, paper, books, etc. What are the Learning needs listed independently in #1? Page 6 - this is a budget. Equity for all children. So, a kindergartener requires an equal amount of the budget as does a 12th grader? A 2nd grade class needs as much financial backing as does a middle school student? What does this *mean*? Page 6 - The needs of the children are addressed by the adults. Whatever the adults need to teach the kids is what's in the budget. This .ppt presentation is more rhetoric than not at this point. Page 6 - High quality instruction - you mean Dijon chalk? How about we double the pay of the teachers - does *that* qualify as high quality instruction? What does this MEAN? Page 8 - middle bullet. What is "professional learning?" Aren't these kids amateurs until they go pro? Do you mean "professional teaching," and if so, what does *that* mean? If this is meant for staff, what do they need in addition, financially, to make the kids learn differently? What would we be missing with this? Page 9 - you've mentioned "safety" on pages 7, 8 and 9 now. Are you asking for three different increases in finding to address "safety?"
Michael Nelson February 13, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Page 10 - the CCSS "fundamental shift in instructional approach" will affect the lesson plans how? Different books? Reading different chapters? More or less homework? Does this fundamental shift require additional staff for the teachers? Page 11 - awesome - more aligned with college and work expectations. How? In which industries or companies has the Board been in communication to determine which educational processes or policies? Page 11 - I guess I'm wondering how the CCSS system applies to this budget document, not just stating what the CCSS is or does. Page 12 - I assume this is an 80,000ft view set of statements because I have no idea how new evaluation plans, replacing old evaluation plans, is represented in the budget. Or how the student's growth or performance is valuated and tracked. Page 13 - properly trained teachers make for better educated students. Well done! Page 14 - please help me identify what a high-quality teacher is. The fact this is a budget document, I assume we're talking about teachers that are well paid? How does this statement protect my kid from being put in a class with a tenured Dr pulling down a large salary but with waning enthusiasm? Page 15 - safety, the 4th.
Michael Nelson February 13, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Page 17 - aah, some meat. Which expenditures are new? What costs, if any, are increases from past years, and to what %? Between books, computers, etc and development, should we reasonably assume $628k is a deal? The norm? On the high side of what other localities are spending? Page 18 - costs seem relatively inexpensive. Are these full timers? What are their roles/responsibilities? For the cafe personnel, how will this affect my kid's nutrition, or is this for safety or.. I don't know - food delivery? Page 19 - I can appreciate the need for a behaviorist, transportation and sports, no matter of some people this less or more, different, etc. Page 21 - I personally have a beef with "greeters" but I'll let the current ebb and flow of public opinion take my money there. (What, no greeters on buses? How about armed protection for school bus stops? Where's the line again?) Page 32 - I really am a simpleton. How does a $1.3M increase and $1.3M decrease equate to a 2.x% rise in the budget? Slides 34-35 - I have no business complaining about any of the numbers in specific, but man, that's a lot of money to play around with. I realize some kids aren't Ivy League bound, no matter how great or well paid the teacher is. I realize making a kid *want* to learn requires more out-of-the-box thinking and less lectures, quizzes, tests, etc.
Michael Nelson February 13, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Lastly, I hope "we" as a town (and as a nation) develop a Government that rewards merit and effort, not necessarily longevity, with the ability to say, "No thanks, I don't need that extra $" because next year, we won't be automatically penalized because we turned money down. A good example would be for the Board to publish a "what-if" budget, if they were forced to *cut* 5% of their budget, honoring the current fiscal situation that faces the nation, state and inevitably the town and its citizens. I had an example put before me in college. Math, scored outstanding. Reading/writing scored poorly, small pieces of the budget went to arts, sports, etc. Now cut half the budget. We all took money from math and threw it at reading/writing. All of us did, in our mock budgets. As individuals, we all agrees to financially punish the math dept and reward the Eng dept. Whoops. Keep pumping good kids out of the school system and I'm sure you'll get whatever you need to continue doing so.

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