School Committee Release Details On FY20 Budget Process; Chair Challenges Residents To Attend Budget Hearing

WILMINGTON, MA — Last month, school officials announced key dates in the schedule for developing of the district’s FY20 budget.

Assistant Superintendent Paul Ruggiero noted his office was currently closing the books on the FY18 budget, in the middle of the FY19 budget, and beginning to plan the FY20 budget.

Key dates from his memo include:

  • October 2018 — School Committee discusses budget priorities.
  • October 5, 2018 — FY 20 Budget materials sent to Leadership Team.
  • October 26, 2018 — FY20 Budget materials due to the Central Office.
  • October 26, 2018 – November 8, 2018 — Materials reviewed and entered into the budget in the “FY20 Proposed Budget” column.
  • November 7, 2018 — Central Office Review with Budget Managers: ELL, Middle School, High School, Athletics, Early Childhood, Elementary Schools, Intermediate Schools
  • November 8, 2018 — Central Office Review with Budget Managers: Health Services, Music/Art/PE, PreK-5 Literacy Specialist, Assistant Superintendent, Technology & Student Support Services
  • November 9, 2018 – December 5, 2018 — Budget presentation prepared for School Committee Budget Meeting on December 12
  • December 12, 2018 — Preliminary Budget Presentation to the School Committee
  • December 14, 2018 — Compile Facility Repair & Improvement Requests, Send To George Hooper, DPW & Jeff Hull
  • December & January — Budget Deliberations with School Committee
  • December & January — Create Warrant Articles for Capital Items
  • January — Budget books completed & sent to Administrative Team
  • January — Budget books & materials sent to School Committee
  • January — Present Superintendent’s Recommended FY20 Budget to School Committee
  • January 28, 2019 — Town Manager’s Budget Presentation
  • February 2019 — School Committee Budget Deliberation
  • February 13, 2019 — Public Hearing on the FY20 Budget at School Committee Meeting
  • March 2019 — Meeting with Finance Committee
  • May 4, 2019 — Annual Town Meeting

“This schedule is very similar to what you’ve seen in prior years,” noted Ruggiero.

“I’ve highlighted February 13 — the public hearing on FY20 budget,” said School Committee Chair Julie Broussard. “We’ve never had anyone come. This is the one opportunity a year where’s it’s a public hearing and people can participate and ask questions [about the schools’ budgets]. That’s my challenge to the community — be here on February 13.”

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