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Hanover Budget Committee

Members

Carey Callaghan
Mimi Lichtenstein
Dan Rockmore, Chair
Jamie Teague, Business Administrator
Frank Bass, Superintendent

Mission Statement

  1. Review the process for developing budget guidelines.
  2. Develop the budget guidelines.
  3. Work with the administration to develop a budget consistent with the guidelines.

Goals for 2015-16

  1. Develop and adopt budget guidelines for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
  2. Develop a budget for 2016-2017 that is acceptable to the majority of voters in the district.
  3. Continue to explore development of a more appropriate funding method for the district's additional (OPEB) retirement obligations.
  4. Review remaining capital items from the renovation.
  5. Financial sustainability
  6. Create an action plan as to how to best deal with the 2014-2015 budget deficit.
  7. Communicate with the public timely and proactively about the 2014-2015 budget deficit.
  8. Develop additional methods for communicating with and reaching out to the public to enhance the understanding of the relative cost of education in the Hanover district as well as the cost drivers. Work more closely with others in the community to ensure that information is accurate and includes background of key issues faced by the Hanover School Board.
  9. Align budget Quick Model with budget categories (to be done by John Aubin).
  10. Work with the administration to determine how best to evaluate our special education program, including NECC – overarching goal is to deliver Special Education in the most productive manner possible; Levenson report shows that this need not be in conflict with providing services in a more cost-effective manner.
    • Work with ad-hoc committee and broader Board on Special Education (SPED) to create metrics for evaluating SPED services (effectiveness and pedagogy).
    • Accomplish an internal audit of services, including a specific examination of NECC Program.
    • Institute (by December 2015) yearly review of the NECC Program.
  11. Communicate with the Negotiations Committee re: teachers' contract.

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