Below is an impressive laundry list of all the ways the schools have made cuts and improved efficiency. Where is the City's list? What have they done to reduce waste and improve efficiency? Seems to me that City Hall has imposed all the burden on the schools while keeping themselves fat, dumb and happy.
In response to the question, what have the schools done to cut costs/save money?
Melrose School Committee
4 hrs ·
At last night's School Committee meeting, Superintendent Taymore read a list of cuts and other actions that the Melrose Public Schools have taken to reduce costs or bring in additional resources. The list includes:
• Eliminated one Business Office Secretary
• Eliminated three Curriculum Director Positions
• Reduced four Middle School positions, creating combined 7&8 team
• Share staff on the secondary campus
• Hire contract personnel to address some enrollment needs on a limited or short-term basis
• Hired in house legal counsel for the schools, eliminating outside counsel paid per hour
• Purchase in bulk yearly paper supply
• Pursued donation of classroom furniture from Hopkinton Public Schools to outfit additional classrooms
• Pursued donation of classroom furniture from Salem Public Schools to outfit additional classrooms
• Work with the Furniture Trust on a regular basis for other furniture needs
• Share office supplies and materials throughout the district
• Freeze budget yearly to control costs and save for unanticipated expenses in budget
• Create inhouse special education programs to reduce the out-of-district costs
• Put the middle and high school on the same bell schedule to maximize staff assignments and share space
• Meet the advanced needs of Grade 8 students via high school courses instead of adding middle school courses and/or staff
• Provide online courses for students as an option to meet graduation requirements
• Developed partnerships with local colleges for dual enrollment, practicum teachers, and interns
• Provide staff with in-house professional development options taught by administrators and other educators
• Merrimack Valley Partnership for professional development and curriculum development
• Transferred all the financial aspects of the “for pay programs” to central administration to increase accountability and track costs
• Use electronic communication in place of many of the standard mail delivery notifications
• Moved custodians out of the school budget and into DPW
• Provide an opt-out program insurance incentive to employees to reduce insurance costs
• Created permanent substitute programs at the secondary level and at three elementary schools to reduce costs and ensure consistency of staffing
• Reorganized Education Stations, reducing administrative staff and improving billing practices for cost efficiencies
• Reconfigured the Franklin School program options to maximize cost efficiencies
• Implemented School Choice to generate funds for adding staff (previous years)
• All staff took a zero (percent increase) in 2010
• Moved all Melrose employees to the GIC, to save on insurance costs
• Chartwells paying for equipment
• Van leases for athletics in place of yellow school buses
• Negotiated multi-year computer software contracts for cost savings
• Reduced the number of standalone printers in the district
• Networked the copiers for more cost savings
• Reduced cell phone usage costs across district
• Reconfigured phone lines to reduce overall costs
• Installed power monitoring software to shut off technology at night
• Used inhouse personnel for projects that had previously been outsourced
• Capture previous year’s e-rate money on an annual basis
• Plan technology projects so that they qualify for e-rate reimbursement
• Install FOB system for security and eliminate the need to personnel to monitor doors
• Took advantage of no cost software license (CAD)
• Pursued and awarded a grant for $20,000 for cyber security audit and planning
Other Funding Sources
• Safe Steps Grant (two phases over seven years) to build safe and supportive schools including funding two part-time counselors at elementary schools
• Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants to support the arts and enrichment programs across district
• Primary Source Grant in collaboration with SEEM districts to provide professional development
• Annual METCO Grant provides additional funding for staff and professional development
• DESE RADAR Grant in collaboration with SEEM districts to provide inclusion consultant and training for best inclusion practices
• DESE Safe and Supportive School Grant for MVMMS positive behavior intervention and strategies training
• Barr Foundation Grant (two grants for four years) to fund development of competency-based education and personalized learning K-12
• McLaughlin Foundation (MVMMS library, Arts festival, Safe and Supportive Schools supplement)
Booster Organizations (contribute to the costs of a variety of extracurricular activities)
• Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) (teacher classroom stipends, grants, enrichment programs, technology)
• Melrose Education Foundation (MEF) (multiple grants across all levels to support student and teacher interests, district pilots)
• Middlesex League Partnership with Lahey CLinic to fund the YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey)
the water and sewer rates increases will be recommended on April 30, 2019. There is currently $1.46million in reserves in the water & sewer enterprise funds.
The efficiencies listed should have been done at the schools many years ago.
Many of the other items listed have nothing to do with trimming the budget, they're changes that were made for other reasons.
Most of that pathetic laundry list was stuff that should be done as a normal part of doing their job. They want our congratulations and sympathy for that? Yeah, I make coffee every morning, too, and take out the garbage. How about we nix this garbage can of a city administration and start with a great big NO for this boondoggle of an override. Then we bring in Wong from SVU and try to deprogram the idiot young parents who are so utterly brainwashed that they have become as crazed as their captors. Geez!
"Moved all Melrose employees to the GIC, to save on insurance costs "
Taymore et al. really had the cojones to claim credit for something that occurred how many years before she ever started staining this place????
"Negotiated multi-year computer software contracts for cost savings "
Oh really. And for how many years has this been going on? Is this supposed to be innovative?
"Networked the copiers for more cost savings "
And why in the bloody hll wasn't this done many years ago if you were doing your jobs even half competently? Or maybe this was done many years ago and you're just dredging the wastebaskets to see what you can fluff up your list here with to further brainwash the NotOneMelrose masses.
"Purchase in bulk yearly paper supply "
Really? The Melrose Public Schools didn't do this before? And we were told you had competent administration all along! When precisely did this "innovative" practice of BULK ORDERING of paper begin? Yesterday?
"Hired in house legal counsel for the schools, eliminating outside counsel paid per hour"
Sure, have the incompetent political appointee hack city solicitor who helped drive up legal costs astronomically over the last decade now supervise his hand-picked hack and have the city now responsible for a full slate of benefits for this individual besides. Just great. And of course that does nothing about the fat and sassy Special Ed lawyers who just keep raking it in defending the incompetent and wrong legal actions they've made all these years, so they get it both ways (making the bad calls and then defending them, all at taxpayer expense and hidden in special ed "tuition" line items).
"Used inhouse personnel for projects that had previously been outsourced "
Gee, now isn't that swell! Just what "projects" are we talking about here? How to swindle the Melrose public, perhaps?
"All staff took a zero (percent increase) in 2010"
News Flash: This is 2019.
"Took advantage of no cost software license (CAD)"
Wowie. Now that one takes real brains and courage.
"Provide staff with in-house professional development options taught by administrators and other educators "
Oh good. Have the foxes teach the chickens now nice it will be when they are eaten.
"Transferred all the financial aspects of the “for pay programs” to central administration to increase accountability and track costs"
Accountability? They are seriously kidding!
"Implemented School Choice to generate funds for adding staff (previous years) "
Oh, wow, so here they actually acknowledge that this was done in "previous years"! Congratulations!
"Pursued donation of classroom furniture from Salem Public Schools to outfit additional classrooms"
Now that's just special. Maybe we could get prison inmates back here to run after-school programs. It's not so long ago (according to this list time/relevance are all relative, after all) that the superintendent thought it was just swell to have a child molester running after-school programs. And then the brainwashed sheeple thought it was a terrific idea to have a convicted felon who stole from old people in charge of the school committee. So maybe the MPS could save the budget by having "professional development" run by the guy who really knows how to find other "funding sources"