Dr. Champ Presents 2021-22 Budget Overview

Pelham Public Schools

At the Board of Education meeting on February 24, Dr. Champ provided an overview of the District’s 2021-22 preliminary budget, which totals $80,280,000 and complies with the tax cap. 

The tax levy increase is proposed at 3.31%. Of that, 1.61% is related to borrowing for the 2018 capital improvement bond to build the new Hutchinson School, provide accessibility upgrades and additional instructional space at Prospect Hill, convert office space to classrooms and repair masonry at the MS/HS campus and install the new turf field and replace the tennis courts at the Glover Complex. The remaining 1.70% of the tax levy increase is related to the operational budget, which covers contractual obligations, increases in health insurance, pension and other benefits cost, and other programmatic costs. The budget allocates a total of $2,355,000 in appropriated fund balance, including $1.1 million from the District’s Debt Service Fund to supplement property taxes and other revenues. Dr. Champ noted that without the use of the Debt Service Fund, which directly offsets the borrowing for the bond, the maximum allowable tax levy increase would have been 5%.  

View the Budget Overview presentation slides

The preliminary budget preserves the District’s curriculum and programming and includes funding for important initiatives such as:

  • Expanding summer programming for students needing additional academic support
  • Continuing professional learning to support the social and emotional need of students including the Steps A Universal DBT program, Responsive Classroom and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Restoration of a World Language teaching position to meet program demands and enable the World Language Coordinator to better support the need of the District’s English Language Learners
  • Adding a high school Science teacher to meet enrollment demands
  • Continuing to provide teachers and students with learning resources necessary in both in person and virtual learning environments including software to support learning in literacy and numeracy
  • Providing mobile learning devices to all students in grades 3-12 as well as exploring emerging technologies that support learning and teaching
  • Expanding innovative and flexible furnishings
  • Ensuring that class sizes across all grade levels are at or below Board of Education guidelines

The Board will review the budget at several upcoming public meetings. The schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, March 6, 9am-4pm - All Day Budget Review, MS Gym
  • Wednesday, March 24, 7:30pm - Regular Board of Education Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 7, 7:30pm - Regular Board of Education Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 21, 7:30pm - Budget Adoption
  • Wednesday, May 5, 7:30pm - State-mandated Budget Hearing
  • Tuesday, May 18, 7am-9pm - School Budget Vote and BOE Member Election
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