Preliminary printout: Cape school subsidy for 2016 projected to increase nearly $500,000
Cape Elizabeth schools stand to gain nearly $500,000 in state subsidy next year, according to preliminary state subsidy printouts published by the state Department of Education on Feb. 19, 2015.
The printout for Cape Elizabeth projects $2.98 million in state subsidy for schools next year, up $498,135 over this year, an increase of 20 percent.
Paula Gravelle, a school finance coordinator at the DOE, attributed the projected increase largely to an increase in the Essential Programs and Services allocation for special education for Cape Elizabeth. "There was a significant increase in special-education costs," she said. The allocation is based on actual special-education expenditures for fiscal 2013-14.
The preliminary subsidy figure is published for planning purposes, and is subject to budget enactment by the Legislature. The 2016 biennial budget proposed by Gov. Paul LePage includes an increase of $20.3 million statewide for general purpose aid to education.
The School Board will hold a televised budget workshop at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, when it will receive the superintendent's recommended budget for 2015-16.
Instructional Support ib 2015-2016 budget
Here's an on-line petition that the "A-Team-Kids" started
Keep the full time position of Instructional Support Director and approve funds for a full time district wide Behaviorist
The petition states:
The results from a recent employee survey states that 80% of employees feel a lack of trust and mutual respect for district leadership.
Now, with the retirement announcement of the Instructional Support Director on March 10th it is clearly NOT the time for Cape Elizabeth to transition to a part time director.
Currently, our educators are experiencing a strain due to the lack of a district wide Behaviorist. Having lost this in house position has had an affect on most classrooms. Without this role in our schools, teachers are feeling overwhelmed and under supported and parents are aware of their children's needs not being met and have concerns for safety.
Success on the FT Director position!
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Mar 24, 2015 — Thank you to everyone showing support for our petition! At the 3-19 school board budget meeting the superintendent proposed keeping the instructional support position full time but changing it to a full time Special Education Director position who will be housed in the Pond Cove/Middle school building. This is a great success!!
We couldn't have done it without all the amazing parents and community members writing letters, speaking at school board meetings and those of you who have signed the petition! Thank you!!
There has been no indication from the school board on the plans to hire a behaviorist however so our work is not over. This is a much needed position as expressed by many educators in the district and several parents. A qualified full time district wide behaviorist is crucial at this point in our schools and benefits all children!
Please continue to share this petition and write letters to the school board requesting this position. You can email all school board members here: firstname.lastname@example.org