Minutes

AUGUSTA BOARD OF EDUCATION SPECIAL MEETING

  • March 23, 2016
The following Board Members were present:

Chair:

Kimberly Martin

Board Members:

Tom Connors, April Cusick, Jennifer Day, Laura Hamilton, Edward Hastings, Jennifer Neumeyer, Deborah Towle, Katie Vose

Also present were:

Superintendent:

James Anastasio

Assistant Superintendent

Donna Madore

Business Manager

Kathy Casparius

6:30 p.m.

  1. Opening:
  2. Call to Order:
  3. Pledge of Allegiance:

Motion to amend the agenda in Item #5 to include M.R.S.A§405(6)(F) and M.R.S.A.§405(6)(A).

Move to amend the agenda in Item #5 to include M.R.S.A§405(6)(F) and M.R.S.A.§405(6)(A).

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Edward Hastings     Second:  Tom Connors

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed) 8 to 0

4.  New Business:

          A.  Approval of 2016-2017 budget articles:

Motion to approve these Expenditures, Articles 1 to 11 in the following Cost Center Categories within the Proposed Operating Budget for school year 2016-2017 in the total amount of $29,640,019.

Move to approve all of the below Expenditures in the following Cost Center Categories within the Proposed Operating Budget for school year 2016-2017 in the total amount of $29,640,019

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle    Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion Passed/Failed: 8 to 0

 

  1. New Business:
    • A.  Approval of 2016-2017 budget articles:
    Motion to approve these Expenditures, Articles 1 to 11 in the following Cost Center Categories within the Proposed Operating Budget for school year 2016-2017 in the total amount of $29,640,019.
ARTICLES 1 THROUGH 11 AUTHORIZE EXPENDITURES IN THE FOLLOWING COST CENTER CATEGORIES:

ARTICLE 1: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Regular Instruction.

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $9,484,060

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

ARTICLE 2: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Special Education.

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $4,621,003

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

ARTICLE 3: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Career and Technical Education.

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,450,909

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

ARTICLE 4: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Other Instruction.

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $577,338  
                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

ARTICLE 5: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Student and Staff Support.

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,427,730

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

ARTICLE 6: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for System Administration.

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $952,059

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

ARTICLE 7: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for School Administration.

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,680,469

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

ARTICLE 8: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Transportation.

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $1,691,526

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

ARTICLE 9: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Facilities Maintenance.

                                                  School Board Recommends:                         $3,392,521                             

                                                  City Council Recommends:                            $

ARTICLE 10: To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for Debt Service and Other Commitments.

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $2,357,092

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

ARTICLE 11:  To see what sum the City will be authorized to expend for All Other Expenditures.

                                                School Board Recommends:                          $5,312

                                                City Council Recommends:                            $

Needs from Taxation 

A. 

Move to approve Article 12 in the amount of  $12,675,479.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle        Second:  April Cusick

April Cusick, Tom Connors, Jennifer Day, Laura Hamilton, Jennifer Neumeyer, Deborah Towle, Katie Vose

Edward Hastings

Motion Passed/Failed: 7 to 1

ARTICLE 12: Shall the City raise $29,640,019 and appropriate $12,675,479  for the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and to see what sum the municipality will raise as the municipality’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Per-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688.

 School Board Recommends:                 $29,640,019  and $12,675,479

 Explanation:  The City’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act is the amount of money determined by state law to be the minimum amount that a municipality must raise in order to receive the full amount of state dollars.  At this date, the amount raised is less than the state required minimum; however, there is pending legislation to waive this requirement as the State is not meeting its funding obligation.

Needs from Taxation

B. 

Move to approve Article 12 in the amount of  $12,407,393.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle      Second:  April Cusick

 

 

Motion Passed/Failed:  0 to 8

ARTICLE 12: Shall the City raise $29,640,019 and appropriate $12,407,393  for the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act and to see what sum the municipality will raise as the municipality’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Per-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688.

School Board Recommends:                 $29,640,019  and $12,407,393

Explanation:  The City’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act is the amount of money determined by state law to be the minimum amount that a municipality must raise in order to receive the full amount of state dollars.  At this date, the amount raised is less than the state required minimum; however, there is pending legislation to waive this requirement as the State is not meeting its funding obligation.

  • a)      Local Only Debt Service  

Move to approve Article 13 in the amount of $655,867

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle       Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion Passed/Failed: 8 to 0

ARTICLE 13:  Shall the City raise and appropriate $655,867 for the annual payments on debt service previously approved by the legislative body for non-state-funded school construction projects, non-state-funded portions of school construction projects and minor capital projects in addition to the funds appropriated as the local share of the school administrative unit’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12.

School Board Recommends:                          $655,867       

Explanation: Non-state-funded debt service is the amount of money needed for the annual payments on the municipality/district long-term debt for major capital school construction projects and minor capital renovation projects that are not approved for state subsidy.  The bonding of this long-term debt was previously approved by the voters or other legislative body.

ARTICLE 15 SUMMARIZES THE PROPOSED SCHOOL BUDGET: 


ARTICLE 15:  To see what sum the City will authorize the School Board to expend for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017, from the City’s contribution to the total cost of funding public education from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12 as described in the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act, non-state-funded school construction projects, additional local funds for school purposes under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15690, unexpended balances, tuition receipts, state subsidy and other receipts for the support of schools.

School Board Recommends:                                      $29,640,019

 

  • b)      Adult Education

Move to approve Article 16 in the amounts of $617,581 and $395,081.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Deborah Towle       Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion Passed/Failed: 8 to 0

ARTICLE 16:   Shall the City appropriate $617,581 for Adult Education and raise $395,081 as the local share; with authorization to expend any additional, incidental, or miscellaneous receipts in the interest and for the well-being of the adult education program.


School Board Recommends:                                                  $617,581 and $395,081

5.  Executive Session Re:  Consultation with legal counsel:

  • A.  Motion to enter into Executive Session, Re: Consultation with legal counsel, pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6) (E):

Motion to enter into Executive Session, Re: Consultation with legal counsel, pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A. § 405(6)(E):

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Deborah Towle       Second:  Jennifer Day

 

 

Motion Passed/Failed: 8 to 0

7:05 p.m.

  • B.  Motion to exit from Executive Session.

Move to exit from Executive Session.

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Jennifer Day       Second: Tom Connors

 

 

Motion Passed/Failed: 8 to 0

8:55 p.m.

        6.  Adjourn: 

  • A.  Motion to Adjourn:

Move to Adjourn.

 

Motion:

Yeas:

Nays:

Vote:

Time:

Edward Hastings     Second:  Tom Connors

 

 

Motion (Passed/Failed) 8 to 0

8:56 p.m.

Next Augusta Board of Education

  • Business Meeting
  • April 13, 2016
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • Council Chambers
  • City Center
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