Westford School Board Notes

Westford Board FY13The School Board met October 7th and reviewed a full agenda of items, headlined by a budget presentation from Grant Geisler, Chief Financial Officer for the CCSU.  At the meeting, Grant discussed a net deficit of $109,000 for the FY13 budget.  The largest area of unexpected expense contributing to the deficit was in special education costs.  A thorough review of those costs was conducted by the CCSU, and more work is being done to examine how to handle the issue.

We, as a town, are beginning the process of putting the budget for FY 2015 together, and it is important to have as much of the town involved as is possible.  By early November, we should have enrollment projections from Bill Smith, which will help determine staffing levels. For those who do not know him, Bill Smith has volunteered his statistical wizardry for years, and we all certainly appreciate his skillful contributions.  Bill’s volunteer efforts  define public service.

The next administrative step with the FY 2015 budget development process is for Grant Geisler and the CCSU HR Director to work with our wonderful Principal Marcie Lewis to identify needs and create a draft budget.

The next school board meeting is December 2nd at 6:30 at the school, and there will be more discussion of the FY 2015 budget at the meeting.  Come on by if you can make it.  Seeing and participating in the budget’s being put together helps provide a clear picture of the challenges we all face as a town in trying to meet the needs of our kids and school while being fiscally responsible to our taxpayers.  If you can’t make a meeting, please check out the video archive of our meetings here.  You can watch entire meetings in your pajamas!

Respectfully submitted,
Glenn Dukes, Mark Drapa, Martha Heath, Andre Roy, and Scott Cooledge