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August 16, 2017

TO:                      Brockton School Committee

FROM:                Thomas J. Minichiello, Jr., Chair

RE:                      Report of the August 15, 2017 Finance Subcommittee Meeting  

The Finance Subcommittee of the Brockton School Committee met on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Theatre of the Arnone School, Brockton, MA.

Present:              Mr. Minichiello, Chair; Ms. Asack, Mr. D'Agostino, Mr. Gormley, Ms. Plant,
Ms. Sullivan, Mr. Sullivan, A. Petronio; Superintendent Smith  


The meeting was opened by Mr. Sullivan at 7:02 p.m., the Superintendent began the discussion. 

Update on Involuntary Transfers and Reduction in Force
Superintendent Smith provided and reviewed a handout showing the status of the teacher recalls and involuntary transfers. She said she does not anticipate any additional monies coming in, but there are normally savings from unemployment costs that will come in at the end of September.  

Budget Barometer Update
The Superintendent reported that the Round 10 barometer updates reflect the August 8th school committee actions recalling positions using grant funds and/or savings.  

The Superintendent issued a correction to her recommendation at the August 8th finance subcommittee meeting and subsequent school committee meeting, to recall an administrative assistant to the word processing position.  She said the position she needs to recall is a Learning & Teaching administrative assistant. 

Closing of FY17 Books
Mr. Petronio said the process of closing the books takes several months, any unexpended money in grants or open purchase orders will be used to pre-buy for the upcoming year.


The Superintendent said Playworks and Imagine Learning will be used in the after school program and can be funded using Extended Day money, the district will also benefit because we can use the licenses during the day.

There was a brief discussion about priorities.  The Superintendent said she is planning to go before city council in the fall to seek additional funding, possibly a bond, to fund one-to-one devices.   
Mr. Minichiello suggested canceling the finance subcommittee meeting next Tuesday, August 22nd, due to no new developments; there were no objections.    

Seeing no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.