MARBLEHEAD โ€” The School Committee met Monday ๐ŸŽฅ morning to continue the discussion on the ๐Ÿ“ท fiscal year 2024 budget and voted for โ˜Ž๏ธ Superintendent John Buckey to present two budgets ๐Ÿ“น to the town before its budget hearing ๐Ÿ” next Tuesday. The committee voted to have Buckey ๐ŸŽฅ present a budget including all cuts requested ๐ŸŽผ by the Town and one including an ๐Ÿ“ก override with no additional costs. โ€œWeโ€™re required to ๐ŸŽฒ post our budget that weโ€™ll be presenting ๐ŸŽž๏ธ at the budget hearing by Thursday,โ€ School ๐ŸŽฎ Committee Chair Sarah Fox said. Currently, the committee ๐Ÿ“  does not have the final numbers needed ๐Ÿ“ท to finish building the budget. In a ๐ŸŽฏ statement to the Item, Fox said they ๐ŸŽผ are still waiting for the town to ๐Ÿ” close FY22 books. โ€œUntil that is done and ๐ŸŽฅ they have a final number of what ๐ŸŽง level of free cash is available, we ๐ŸŽž๏ธ do not know if the number of ๐ŸŽฒ $800,000 is actually the number above our ๐ŸŽž๏ธ current budget that the town will be ๐Ÿ“ข able to support as a โ€˜balanced budget,โ€™โ€ โ˜Ž๏ธ Fox wrote. โ€œWe also have not received ๐Ÿ“ž definitive guidance on what would be supported ๐Ÿ“‰ as part of any โ€˜structural deficitโ€™ to ๐Ÿ“ข be included in warrant article 31.โ€ Article 31, ๐ŸŽญ Supplemental Appropriation and Expenses of Several Departments, ๐ŸŽผ is โ€œto see if the Town will ๐Ÿ”‹ vote to raise and appropriate or transfer ๐Ÿ˜‚ from available funds a sum of money ๐ŸŽญ to supplement the Townโ€™s General Government operating ๐Ÿ•น๏ธ budget beginning in FY24.โ€ The $800,000 number Fox ๐Ÿ”Ž mentioned is the additional amount the committee ๐ŸŽค had to cut from their budget, which ๐ŸŽš๏ธ will lead to job and program cuts. School ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ Committee member Meagan Taylor expressed concern with ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ not having the final numbers for the ๐ŸŽญ committeeโ€™s budget. โ€œHow do you make decisions if ๐ŸŽญ we donโ€™t have actual numbers to make ๐ŸŽฌ decisions on?โ€ Taylor asked. Fox said she would ๐Ÿ’ฐ like to present three versions of the ๐ŸŽ  budget to the town. Those three include ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ one that would include the cuts, one ๐Ÿ’ก that would have an override with no ๐Ÿ’ก additional costs added, and one that has ๐ŸŽž๏ธ everything the committee would like to add ๐ŸŽฅ if they had the funds. โ€œI firmly believe ๐ŸŽž๏ธ it is my job as a school ๐ŸŽญ committee member to bring forward a budget ๐Ÿ“  that is representative of the needs of ๐ŸŽ—๏ธ our students,โ€ Fox said. โ€œAnd then I ๐Ÿ“ป feel it is the responsibility of the ๐Ÿ“ท billโ€™s voters to say if they want ๐Ÿฅ to fund that.โ€ Fox made a motion for ๐Ÿ“Ÿ the board to vote on whether Buckey ๐Ÿ“บ should present all three budget scenarios to ๐Ÿ“ฃ the town. No one seconded the motion, ๐Ÿ“บ forcing the board to come up with ๐Ÿ“€ an alternative option. The School Committee voted to ๐Ÿ“‰ present just two scenarios, excluding the ideal ๐ŸŽฅ budget. โ€œUnder the current motion, we are accepting ๐ŸŽฏ the advice from the administration, which is ๐ŸŽš๏ธ to present the two scenarios and go ๐Ÿ“Ÿ under with the town under Article 31 ๐Ÿ’ฟ for the level service budget, and that ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ he can operationalize either those,โ€ said School ๐ŸŽฒ Committee member Thomas Mathers. Four members voted yes ๐Ÿ“ข for the motion and Fox voted no. โ€œDr. ๐Ÿ“  Buckey, you have your direction, and those ๐Ÿ“€ will be the numbers that are presented,โ€ ๐Ÿ•ฐ๏ธ Fox said. The next school committee meeting is ๐Ÿ”‹ Thursday at 7 p.m. and the budget ๐Ÿ“ท hearing is next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

School Committee of Marblehead Votes for Submission of Two Budgets to the Town

Impact on the Town's Finances and Education System

Impact on the Town’s Finances and Education ๐Ÿ“ผ System The decision to present two budgets with ๐ŸŽข different scenarios will have a significant impact ๐Ÿ”‹ on the town’s finances and education system. ๐ŸŽข The budget including all cuts requested by ๐Ÿ”ญ the Town will lead to job and ๐Ÿ“ผ program cuts, which could affect the quality ๐Ÿ“‰ of education provided by the Marblehead school ๐Ÿ“ท district. On the other hand, the budget ๐ŸŽฒ including an override with no additional costs ๐Ÿ’ƒ could alleviate the impact of the cuts ๐ŸŽš๏ธ but may result in increased taxes for ๐ŸŽฌ the residents. The decision on which budget ๐ŸŽญ to approve ultimately lies with the town’s ๐ŸŽญ voters, who will have to weigh the ๐Ÿ† costs and benefits of each scenario before ๐Ÿ’ฒ casting their vote.

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