Fund Established in Memory of JCC Board President, Beth Shafran
April 11, 2018
Budget Update
April 20, 2018

SHERMAN – The Board’s proposed 2018-2019 budget reflects our vision and priorities while allocating resources in a way that is both transparent and responsible to the taxpayer. Our budget provides enhancements that will be seen, felt and experienced by our students. For instance, our budget supports:

• The addition of a Kindergarten teaching position based on increased enrollment and to ensure we maintain small class sizes for our youngest learners

• The formation of a brand new STEAM teaching position which will allow our K-5 students to experience rich, challenging and NGSS aligned instruction, as well as funding for the creation of a STEAM Laboratory

• The purchase of new equipment and supplies to further augment the success of our Exploration Period (XP) and Enrichment programs

• A significant investment in the technology needed for our new Makerspace and the purchase of cool, new, collaborative furniture for our Library Media Center

• The purchase of brand new Chromebooks for 6th and 7th grade students, which they will be able to keep as they transition to High School

• Investments to ensure that our faculty are provided with job embedded professional development through membership in the Tri-State Consortium

• Full funding of the 4th grade trip to Washington, D.C., and

• The purchase of school supplies for all K-5 students, relieving families of their obligation

In addition to the costs associated with these benefits, our proposed budget also ensures:

• Full funding for all of our contractual obligations and negotiations

• Budget for full liabilities in retirement contributions for non-certified staff

• Funding for the highest probable cost in High School tuition as well as the allocation of monies in the event that additional students move into our district

• Budget for contingencies in Special Education, and

• A very conservative reliance on State and Federal aid

Based on these factors, the Board of Education respectfully requests an amount not to exceed $9,381,054 for the 2018-2019 school year, which represents a 0% increase from 2017-2018.

Our Vision: At the Sherman School, we aspire to enable all students to become the best possible version of themselves by providing an environment where they can develop into empathetic, self-directed, critical thinkers who don’t give up when faced with challenges. This vision directs our goals and actions and informs how we allocate, align and utilize the resources to which we are entrusted.

By Sherman Board Of Education