Budget season is underway in Barnstable. It began back in September when the Town Manager and I agreed to continue the 60/40 revenue sharing agreement. At the end of September, the School Committee and Town Council held their joint meeting where Finance Director Mark Milne and Deputy Finance Director Gareth Markwell presented the town’s annual financial forecast. In December and January, Directors and Principals submitted their budget requests and had individual meetings with Mr. Markwell and me.
At the February 7 School Committee meeting, Mr. Markwell and I will present a preliminary school department budget for FY19. We will submit a more detailed proposed budget at the School Committee meeting on February 28. On March 21, the School Committee will hold a public hearing on the budget. The Committee may vote on the budget following the public hearing on March 21 or may wait until its April 4 meeting to vote. Under the town charter, the school department budget must be transmitted to the town manager by April 5. In June, there will be a first reading of the budget to the Town Council along with a public hearing and CFAC review, and finally the budget will be adopted.Barnstable United Elementary School Principal Search Committee
The Barnstable United Elementary School Principal Search Committee is made up of 11 members including teachers, administration, district personnel, parent and School Committee member. The interviews began on January 29 and will go through February 5. The Committee aims to move forward two finalists to me before the February vacation break. The Committee is enthusiastic and positive they will bring in a principal who will move Barnstable United Elementary School forward.
The Committee has set up a “BUES Principal Qualities Survey” on the Barnstable.k12.ma.us website where the community can take a survey to voice their opinions of what they are looking for in the new principal of Barnstable United Elementary School. I would like to thank Dr. Jane Jezard and the BUES Principal Search Committee for their work and I know they will do a great job in bringing me finalists that will lead Barnstable United Elementary School into the future.
I would also like to thank Gareth Markwell, Directors and Principals for their work and thoughtfulness when putting forth budgets that are student centered. When this budget is put together, we are led by the District’s goals, Core Values and the following District Vision:The Barnstable Public Schools educates the whole child by creating a student centered school culture that addresses students’ physical, social, emotional, and academic needs by creating a safe and healthy learning environment in which students are challenged, supported, and engaged.