Hello Murch Families,
As most of you are aware, the DCPS budgets for the 2024-2025 school year have been released. The Murch LSAT and I began working last week to start the process of reviewing the initial allocation and making recommendations that will contribute to building the final budget.
- Initial allocation = $8,712,840
- This is $923,739 more than the previous fiscal year.
- Position costs are up about 22%.
- This is a result of negotiated contracts for teachers, non-certified staff, and administrator unions in the past year and a half.
- Position costs are a district average of both salaries and benefits.
- The current allocation for the SY25 budget does not include a bump-up to address position average costs.
- If we fund our current year’s staffing plan using next year’s average salary costs, we will be $150,135 in the red. This deficit takes into account that the two teachers we received last year to reduce class sizes in grades 1 and 2 were a one-year award. Currently, there are 4 teachers scheduled for each grade in grades 1-5 and five in kindergarten.
As a result of having a lowered buying power in our budget, the LSAT and I are working through different scenarios that include possible cuts to the following areas:
- Increased class size
- Reductions in math and ELA interventionists
- Reductions in Instructional Coaches
- Reductions in administrative support (assistant principals, DSL positions, and office staff)
- Reductions in social emotional supports for students (counselors, psychologists, etc)
We appreciate the feedback you provided by responding to the LSAT survey which identified the priorities of Murch parents.
The next LSAT meeting is Tuesday, 2/20 at 5:45 pm. We will be discussing our current status as well as any other updates.
Here is the link:
Join on your computer, mobile app or room device
Here’s the public DCPS Budget website that shares all initial budgets for all schools within DCPS: https://dcpsbudget.com/
We appreciate your input and patience as we navigate this incredibly challenging and stressful budget season as a community.