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?
  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provides a school and district personnel information management system for each public school district in Massachusetts called EPIMS (Education Personnel Information Management System). EPIMS data from 2022-23 for Andover Public Schools shows the district as having 944 full-time equivalent employees, which includes teachers, instructional assistants, central office staff, and administrative assistants. 
  • The administrative team accounts for 4.6% of the 944 FTEs at APS. In 2015, the district had 37 administrators. In 2020, there were 40 administrators. In 2023, 43 administrators supported the district’s staff and students. 
  • In the current fiscal year, compensation for ALL APS staff was $79,732,107. Administrator salaries account for 7.3% of the compensation portion of the budget and only 5.8% of the overall operating budget. 
  • Based on DESE’S Comprehensive District Review, resource allocation and use of data to drive decisions about the budget priorities were areas of growth for the district to “purposefully address equity or effectiveness in closing achievement, access, and opportunity gaps among student groups.” 
  • In April 2022, the superintendent redefined and reallocated roles within the district to build better infrastructure to better support classroom instruction, monitor implementation, and promote a continuous learning environment. This was accomplished without adding FTEs or additional dollars to the budget.
  • In July 2022, executive directors of elementary and secondary instructional operations, a PK-5 math program coordinator, and content coaches were added to the district to support professional learning and curriculum structure for our educators. This was also accomplished without adding FTEs or additional dollars to the 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?