The Germantown Municipal School board met yesterday afternoon for a budget work session. This was their time to go over the budget the district administration has put together and ask questions about individual budget items. You can watch the work session, which was uploaded in two parts here and here.
Some highlights of interest are:
1. Five new teacher positions – based on projected enrollment in each grade band
Dogwood – one for K-3, and one for 4-5
Riverdale – one for K-3, and one for 4-6
HMS – one for 6th grade
2. A new gym teacher at Riverdale - they will have two per gymnasium
3. One new library assistant – librarians can decide how to schedule this new employee, but it is likely that Riverdale will now have an assistant 4-5 days per week, and Dogwood and Farmington will share the other.
4. A new administrative assistant for Academic Advancement - currently they share one with Special Education at the district offices.
5. A new SpEd teacher at Riverdale. They are projecting 13 students in the functional skills class. They need to split these 13 students into two classes to avoid having older and younger students together.
6. A case manager for graduating functional skills students at HHS. They need a full time employee to reach out to local businesses and develop opportunities for these students post-graduation.
7. A part time financial secretary at Riverdale to assist the existing financial secretary
8. A full time technology position at the elementary school level
9. A new administrative assistant to be shared by technology and finance
It should be noted that the budget also sets aside some money for growth positions.
No portables or additions are anticipated at HMS for the next two years. Superintendent Manuel stated that HMS has two flexible use classrooms (the science lab, for example) that can be used to accommodate student growth.
The district had previously set aside money to open a health clinic for employees. This was planned as a partnership with the city, but the city has "decided to go in a different direction." The school district will reallocate that money and use it toward their employer contribution on health insurance policies. Dan Haddow stated that he would still like to see the district open a clinic and hopes that it can be attached to either the new elementary school building or to new district offices. He stated that the clinic could possibly lessen the district’s OPEB burden.