Per pupil regular education costs (minus construction costs, minus SPED, minus transportation) for 2007-08:
K-8 … $7793 per pupil
Academy …$9998 per pupil
At last night’s Board of Education meeting the proposed 2008/2009 budget was revealed a page at a time.
The meeting started off with a presentation from the Academy. They had brought a battery of flat screen monitors (four for the BOE and two facing the audience) for the annual power point presentation. An opening photomontage failed to boot, so the budget presentation began. Paper copies of the budget presentation were distributed to the board members, but the generous stack of extras was not offered to the audience. After a loudly whispered request from an audience member, copies of the presentation were passed out or retrieved by individuals.
The presentation was the regular collection of graphs and pie charts with little if any budget information. The information that actually made its way into the color, six-page, doubled-sided, coated photo paper collection floated atop the pages with very little context making evaluation nearly impossible. The long and short of it is that the tuition for the Academy is increasing from $10,277 to $10,715 per pupil (includes construction costs) – and increase of $438 (4.26%) or a $202,356 hit to our education budget. Frankly, the whole process was reminiscent of getting the check at a restaurant; it’s very difficult to figure out if the price of the meal is reflective of the reasonable cost of the ingredients and labor… or… Read the rest of this entry »