The School Committee is responsible for defining school policies and establishing the school budget.
As of mid April 2013, 2013-2014 school budget has been adopted by the School Committee after months of preparation and public workshops. It was submitted to the Yarmouth Town Council on March 18th for the purposes of review and support, and for the Town Council to advance it to public hearings and ultimately for consideration at Town Meeting on June 4 and again at the Budget Validation Referendum on June 11, 2013.
The proposed 2013-14 school budget would increase school expenditures by only 1.78% (or by 3.1% if the state shifts some costs related to teacher retirements onto local property taxpayers).
Schools administrators and the School Committee have worked very hard to develop a budget that maintains programming and is as fiscally conservative as possible. For example, there are no new programs or positions in the 2013-14 school budget.
Prior school budget have been similarly conservative: 2009-10: 1.85%, 2010-11: 0%; 2011-12: 1.75%; 2012-13: 1.85%. Student enrollment has increased by more than 5% during this period (2013-13 projection is 1,455).
The School Committee historically has been accountable for expenditures, but not revenues (which are out of the control of the schools and can vary from year to year). However, the School Committee does monitor revenue closely, especially the “subsidy” from the State of Maine. As of mid April, the state subsidy to Yarmouth is expected to increase in 2013-14 which would further reduce the impact to Yarmouth property taxpayers.
Note of Caution
The budget is presented here to provide full transparency of where taxpayer money is spent. However, the budget includes roughly 1,500 separate line items and most items require some explanation. Anyone with questions should attend an upcoming School Committee meeting or Public Hearing.
Links below will break down the Proposed Budget by Area.
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