Thanks to everyone who signed my nomination papers. I officially submitted over 150 signatures well ahead of the July deadline. I’m looking forward to talking with voters throughout the summer.
There will be a Cabot project update meeting on June 22 at 6:30 PM in the Cabot gym. Come learn more about the construction sequence over the summer including demolition and work on the culvert. This is the last meeting we will have in the gym as the 1950’s addition to the school will be demolished in July.
Last week a “health holiday” was announced that eases the school district budget for FY 18. A lot of people were confused about what a health holiday actually is. Here’s my brief explanation.
The City of Newton is self-insured. The premiums that employees pay as well as the employer contribution toward health are held in a reserve fund to pay claims. When that reserve fund reaches a certain level the city takes a break from paying into the fund and a “health holiday” occurs.
So this isn’t new money or found money. The funds in question are money that the school department has earmarked for paying their contribution to employee health care and for NPS that’s $600,000+ per week. A two week health holiday means that $1.2 million that was set aside for health insurance premiums can now be spent on something else.
The House budget was released yesterday by the Mass Legislature. There is more funding for education but the push is now on to revise the Chapter 70 formula that has been used for the last 23 years to calculate each school districts’ state aid.
The link to the budget is here
The proposed budget for 2017-18 was announced today. The budget is available for review or download
Budget review and deliberations are as follows:
- Monday, March 27, 7 PM – Elementary, Secondary, Student Services, Teaching and Learning
- Thursday, March 30, 7 PM – Non-instructional areas, straw vote
- Tuesday, April 4, 6 PM – Public Hearing on the Budget
- Wednesday, April 12, 7 PM – Budget vote
Want to know what’s happening with high school start time? The work begins this summer with both high school principals and high school faculty to revise the current schedule to provide a later start and still end by 3:00 PM. For more details visit the start time page.