Today’s Eagle Tribune is reporting that Londonderry School District’s Budget Committee is still working on a proposed $70.9 million budget. That, the paper reports, is a 2.85% increase over the current budget.
Londonderry’s 11th grade students exceeded the NH state average in both language arts and math in the Smarter Balanced tests. (Timberlane did not.) The most recent enrollment figures available online from the Department of Education shows:
- 4389 students (14/15 year)
- 635 total staff (14/15 year)
- 3767 (14/15 year)
- 673 total staff (14/15 year)
RESULTS: Timberlane had 622 fewer students last year but 38 more staff than Londonderry School District.
Draft three of Timberlane’s budget for 16/17 is $69,388,958. If you simply divide that eye-popping figure by the number of students projected to be in the district next year, here’s what you get:
$69,388,958 divided by 3425 = $20,259.55 per student.
I don’t know Londonderry’s projected student population for next year, but it would have to plummet by 889 students to equal Timberlane’s $20,260 price tag.
This is from Central Catholic High School’s website:
Tuition for the 2015-2016 school year is $12,690, which includes all academic and athletic fees.
Timberlane’s draft three shows a 1.56% increase over current year’s budget. That may seem like a modest increase but there will be a lot of warrant article asks this year, including an anticipated new teacher’s contract. And given how woefully over staffed we are, our district should be taking a serious budget cut, not receiving any sort of a budget increase.
Note: Cost per pupil as published by the state is calculated differently from my simple method of total costs divided by number of students served. This doesn’t not, however, mean that my simple calculation is without meaning.