Doesn’t the town have enough money to cover the deficit? Why doesn’t the School Committee ask for more money from the town?
  • During the district’s negotiations with the Andover Education Association, Andover’s Town Manager actively participated in the bargaining process by sharing financial data and potential impacts to ensure all parties understood the consequences of the cost of agreements. At the conclusion of the negotiations, the announcement by the School Committee noted that the agreements were “inconsistent with the principles of the town’s long-range financial plan so, to live within our means, we will need to make meaningful program, service, and staff reductions.”
  • Throughout bargaining, Dr. Parvey and the School Committee repeatedly discussed with the Town Manager and his team the possibility of a budget increase greater than 3.75%. As the Town Manager and School Committee also explained to the AEA during negotiations, any increase in the school department budget would impact other critical town services, such as police, fire, library, public works, community and recreation services and services to Andover’s youth, veterans, and seniors. The School Committee does not have the authority to make decisions about the town’s budget or what cuts to town services would be needed if the town agreed to a greater increase in the school department’s budget.

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1. What is the overall process for the school district’s operating budget?
2. What is the School Committee policy that guides the budget process?
3. What is State Aid to the Budget?
4. How much is the FY25 budget for APS?
5. What is the timeline for the FY25 operating budget process?
6. Why is there a deficit in the FY25 operating budget?
7. What can be done to alleviate the deficit?
8. How much of the annual operating budget is allocated to salaries and compensation?
9. How many positions will be eliminated? If there are positions eliminated or cut, will they all be teachers and instructional assistants?
10. How else will you try to balance the budget?
11. The district recently saw a decrease or elimination in some fees, will these fees increase again?
12. How does the budget relate to enrollment numbers at APS?
13. Over the next ten years is there a model for enrollment rate of students at APS?
14. How is the budget aligned to the class sizes at APS? Will our classes be overcrowded as a result of the budget deficit?
15. Doesn’t the town have enough money to cover the deficit? Why doesn’t the School Committee ask for more money from the town?
16. What is the town and district’s long-range financial planning model?
17. Why can’t we use the town’s 'Free Cash'?
18. Why can’t Excess Levy Capacity be used?
19. Were the Andover Education Association’s negotiating teams aware that the November 2023 Collective Bargaining Agreements might impact staffing levels at APS?
20. Has the district added additional administrative or non-student facing staff in recent years? Don’t these salaries make up a large portion of the operating budget?
21. I keep hearing about coaches for educators and executive directors for instruction at the elementary and secondary levels. What role do they play?
22. Why do I keep hearing about the DESE Comprehensive District Review? How does that inform the budget process?