Tuesday, November 7, 2017

State Auditor's Report on Regional School Funding


On Friday, October 27, 2017, State Auditor Suzanne Bump and members of her team visited our district to present the recently released report Supporting Student and Community Success:  Updating the Structure and Finance of Massachusetts Regional School Districts. I very much appreciate State Auditor Bump taking the time to speak with us about the findings in the report.  It was an interesting and informative morning, and I am hopeful that at least some of the recommendations made in the report will be implemented, to the fiscal benefit of Wachusett and other regional school districts in the Commonwealth.  Although there are several recommendations, the finding which could immediately benefit the WRSD in the short-term is the recommendation of 100% reimbursement for regional transportation.  An increase from the current 73% reimbursement to 100% would mean another $1 million in state support.  

To continue sharing the findings of Supporting Student and Community Success:  Updating the Structure and Finance of Massachusetts Regional School Districts, Ben Tafoya, Director of Division of Local Mandates, one of the authors of the report, has agreed to once again travel to Holden and will present the findings of the report to a joint meeting of Wachusett and Quabbin regional school districts stakeholders (attachment ). This meeting, which is open to the public and all are invited and encouraged to attend, will be held Tuesday evening, November 28, 2017, 6:30 PM in the auditorium of Wachusett Regional High School.  I encourage your attendance at this meeting to hear more about the report and ways that we can help the students in our district.

A one page summary of the report is also available.