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Budget Adoption

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Town Council voted to pass the final Municipal budget for FY 2017. The Town Council Finance Committee brought forward several amendments to the original budget which was presented by the Town Manager and Superintendent at First Reading; these amendments were adopted by the Council prior to final budget approval. Here are some documents outlining the process:
The School portion of the budget will be sent to voters for validation on June 14, 2016, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Scarborough High School. Here are some documents describing the actions taken by the School Board to amend the school budget prior to approval:
Please note: the original budget document is still posted below for your reference.

We hope citizens will take time to look through the budget documents found here. Town and School leaders have collaborated to present a wealth of information in a narrative format, which seeks to balance the usual presentation of numbers with more accessible and readable material. We trust that citizens will benefit from the ability to link an understanding of Town and School programs and services with the resources requested through the budget process. Have a look!

Budget Forum

The FY 2017 Budget Forum was held on April 27, 2016 at SHS Auditorium at 7:00 PM.

Budget Meetings & Workshops

Click here for a downloadable calendar of scheduled budget meetings: FY 2017 Budget Development Calendar [PDF]

Click here for a Town Finance Committee schedule: Updated FY2017 Budget Review Schedule [PDF]

Click here to view agendas and minutes from Finance Committee meetings and workshops: Finance Committee Meetings

Background Info & Resources

CEPARE/MEPRI REPORT

The Joint Town Council/School Board Finance Committee has articulated a goal of establishing reliable, data-based metrics to determine whether financial decisions are truly creating desired outcomes for the community. To that end, School Leaders worked this winter with researchers from the Maine Education Policy Research Institute (UMaine) and the Center for Educational Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation (USM) to request that they examine school funding and academic performance in Scarborough compared with other school districts throughout York and Cumberland Counties.

The Joint Committee has now received a presentation and a written report from the researchers. Committee members agree that the comparisons offer an accurate and appropriate tool for discussion of school funding, and that the report will provide a basis for ongoing discussions on the value of school investment to our community. A simple view of the report data would be that Scarborough is currently achieving very strong student outcomes at a significantly lower cost than other neighboring districts.

Here are the principal takeaways from the report:
  • Scarborough Schools, out of a statistically-matched, York/Cumberland Counties cohort of 17 schools, find themselves poised as the closest district to join the highest performing schools (referred to as Scarborough’s Aspirational Cohort) of Falmouth, Cape Elizabeth, Yarmouth, York, and Cumberland (RSU 51) more so than any other district in the 2 counties
  • Yet, Scarborough Schools spent significantly below the per-pupil cost of the aspirational cohort (5 districts, listed above) and below the average per-pupil cost of the remaining cohort members (8 districts) in the 2012 -2015 time period:
  • All of the cohort districts increased their investments as measured by per-pupil costs during this time period. Scarborough’s investments went toward improving classroom instruction - consistent with the focus of the Student Centered/School Improvement plans (investing in regular instruction, Special Education instruction, and student and staff supports); in fact, 68% of Scarborough’s increase was in these areas. The average investment across all cohorts was 66% with a range of 63% (RSU 57, Waterboro) to 70% (Cape Elizabeth).
  • During this same time period, Scarborough’s investment in System and School Administration, in contrast, was significantly below that of the aspirational cohort group and well below that of the remaining group of cohorts (8 districts). 
  • Further, in the final 2 components of costs that make up per-pupil spending, Operations and Maintenance and Other (which includes Career & Technical Education, other instruction, transportation, and buses), Scarborough invested at a level lower than the average of both cohort groups. Only in debt service did Scarborough exceed the average of these 2 groups of cohorts - impacted most by the much appreciated, community-approved Wentworth School project. 
The full report is available here for your review: CEPARE/MEPRI Study [PDF]

DOE Funding

At the School Board's workshop meeting on February 25, 2016, representatives of the state Department of Education offered these materials to explain the allocation of school subsidy to our community. 

Please note: the cover sheet for the first document indicates that a presentation was delivered to the School Board and Town Council, but in fact these materials were provided instead as handouts.
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