April 4, 2017

The Nashua Board of Education approved a FY 2018 operating budget of $106,787,405, representing a 2.01 percent increase over last year's budget, at its meeting on April 3. As you may know, the Nashua Board of Aldermen sets the total operating budget for the school district budget; consequently, the next step in the budget development process is to send the Board-approved budget to City Hall for further review this spring. If the BOA approves an operating budget at a lower rate, the Board of Education will have to review again and make additional cuts to meet the BOA-approved bottom line.

To keep you fully informed of changes to Dr. Brown's proposed operating budget, a comprehensive list of all motions the Board of Education Budget Committee has voted on over the course of the operating budget development process is posted; please click here for those motions. At the April 3 meeting, the Board approved two final motions, one to add back three middle school teacher positions at a cost of $150,000 and, to offset that motion, voted to decrease the salary contingency fund by $150,000.

The Board approval culminated several months of budget discussions, review, and considerations of budget priorities before arriving at its decision last night. 

Just last month on March 3, Superintendent Connie Brown wrote a memorandum to inform the Nashua Board of Education about her revised recommendations for the FY 2018 operating budget to reflect a 1.9% increase, which Mayor James Donchess suggested when he spoke before the Board's Budget Committee on Frebruary 22. Originally, Superintendent Brown recommended a budget increase of 1.2% over FY 2017's operating budget, in keeping with the projected spending cap. For a copy of Dr. Brown's March 3 memorandum, which explains in detail recent developments that have impacted her originally proposed operating budget, please click below:

3.3.2017 Memo from Supertendent Brown to the Nashua Board of Education

In her memo, Superintendent Brown makes the following revisions to her initial recommended FY 2018 operating budget:
 
Clearway High School (alternative high school) $300,000
WIN (alternative high school) $300,000
Peer Coach positions (2) and stipends $115,000
Sign Language Interpreter position (1) $  37,500
Administration of Climate and Culture Survey for parents $  10,000
Development of a District Strategic Plan $  20,000
iReady assessments for kindergarten students $    8,000
Transportation secretary position ($20,804)

Dr. Brown presented her original recommendation for the FY 2018 operating budget in January. Establishing all-day kindergarten for all Nashua children in all 12 elementary schools was the centerpiece of the proposed budget, and remains a priority in her revised recommended budget. To view a presentation on all-day kindergarten, please click on the link below:

All-Day Kindergarten Presentation: Superintendent Brown

Click here for the online version of the budget process notebook that contains data and background information on various aspects of our school district. Updates to the notebook will occur as information becomes available.