Committee 21

Committee for Education in the 21st Century
Wellesley, MA

BUDGET PASSES TOWN MEETING; Override VOte LIKELY TO BE IN MAY

 On April 7, Wellesley Town Meeting overwhelmingly voted to approve the town's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget as presented. 

Two amendments to the budget - one to reduce the school budget by $537K (the cost of full day Kindergarten) and another to reduce various line items, including the schools, by a total of $3.345M - were both voted down by Town Meeting members. 

The next step will be to present town voters with a ballot question, asking their consent to override Proposition 2-1/2 to raise the $3.345 million necessary to fund the approved town budget. This will happen in late May.

Many thanks to all those who were engaged in the budget process, from attending meetings to learn about the issues, contacting their Town Meeting members to express their views and to staying informed about the schools and other town departments.  

 

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WHAT'S IN THE GAP LIST?

 

Wellesley Public Schools superintendent David Lussier and the School Committee have finalized the so-called "Gap List," which details the $2.8 million in cuts from Wellesley schools that will be made should Town Meeting and the voters not approve the proposed town budget.

 If the voters do not pass an override (or Town Meeting fails to give voters the opportunity to pass an override by not approving the proposed budget) the cuts to the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 school budget will total $2,820,086.  Fully 46 percent of those cuts would be to existing staff and services. 

HOW WOULD THESE CUTS AFFECT MY CHILD?

The cuts fall approximately into six categories. They are:

What does it all mean? Click the links within each category to explore IN DETAIL the potential cuts across grade levels and departments, and what impact these cuts may have. 

 

CATEGORY

DISTRICT WIDE

ELEMENTARY

WMS

WHS

TOTAL

Level Services - Base (Existing Staff and Services)

$ 27,500

$ 559,141

$ 392,255

$ 324,895

$1,303,791

Level Services - Enrollment Driven (new spending on existing services based on increased enrollment, particularly at WHS)

$ 0

$ 13,014

$ 32,534

$ 415,712

$461,260

Strategic Plan - Technology

$ 115,009

$ 13,200

$ 2,000

$ 0

$130,209

Strategic Plan - Full Day K

$ 0

$ 537,240

$ 0

$ 0

$537,240

Strategic Plan - Curriculum

$ 44,000

$ 0

$ 54,604

$ 26,850

$125,454

Other Spending & Programs

$ 144,530

$ 117,602

$ 0

$ 0

$262,132

TOTAL CUTS IF OVERRIDE FAILS

$ 331,039

$ 1,240,197

$ 481,393

$ 767,457

$ 2,820,086