The following is a press release from the Mayor’s office submitted to SOURCE. There is a School Committee meeting tonight at 7 at Framingham High School.
Editor’s Note: The press release was issued less than 24 hours after SOURCE published an op-ed criticizing the Mayor on her budget proposed for the schools by District 6 School Committee member Geoffrey Epstein.
FRAMINGHAM – The Mayor is currently working on the final draft of the fiscal 2020 budget before submitting it to the City Council May 2, 2019.
The School Committee asked for a $139.1 million budget – a 4.57% increase or roughly $6.1 million over FY19.
Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer is proposing a $137.1 million budget – a 3.1% increase or roughly $4.1 million over FY19.
Mayor Spicer has been in constant communication and negotiations with Superintendent Dr. Robert Tremblay and the School Committee regarding the FY20 budget.
Five things you need to know about how the City of Framingham supports its schools.
- Framingham supports our public school system by increasing the budget every year to allow for growth and new innovative programs. The school system’s budget has been increased on average 5.6% every year for the last five years, equating to more than $30.6 million
- For the next fiscal year, which is FY20, the Mayor is proposing a 3.1% increase for the Framingham Public School System, which is $4,123,556 greater than FY19.
- The City and Mayor support Framingham teachers. The proposed FY20 School Budget takes into account the new 3-year contract that includes an overall 6.65% increase for the Framingham Teachers Association. Teacher pay, including the 3-year increase, is a subset of the total school budget. Mayor Spicer took her first official School Committee vote in favor of the new contract in January 2019 because of her belief in and support of teachers.
- Framingham expends $18,578.70 per pupil according to the Massachusetts Department of Education Per Pupil Expenditure report. On average, Massachusetts spends $15,911.38 per student. Framingham spends $2,667.32 more on each of our students.
- Framingham is making sure our schools are well equipped to service our Framingham scholars for decades to come. One example is the Fuller Middle School. Framingham passed a debt exclusion in December 2018 by a margin of 4,301 to 703 to pay for the City’s share of the estimated 98.3-million-dollar new Fuller Middle School building. The city will also receive state funding to the tune of 39.5 million dollars from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
The new school will be a game changer in how we educate children and will make Framingham more appealing for families.
“One thing that I promised when I was elected and reiterated in my 2019 State of the City speech is to focus on excellence in education, and that focus continues as evidenced in part by my March testimony, along other with mayors from the Commonwealth, to support H.70: An Act to promote equity and excellence in education,” said Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer. “What my team and I are working toward in the City’s fiscal 2020 budget now is to strike a balance between the impact to our residents’ taxes and the excellent services the City provides; it is a delicate balance.”