King Philip Regional School District Expenditure Trends
The King Philip budget documents are public, and the KPTA encourages all citizens to review them. The following are some trends that the KPTA has identified over the past several years.
This is a compilation of data collected by the Crisis Response Team concerning, in our opinion, mismanagement of funds. We feel that the public needs to be aware how the district manages it's funds.
From fiscal year 2006 to fiscal year 2009 the budget increased by 297%
From fiscal year 2006 to fiscal year 2009 several positions were added and the budget was increased by 24.5%
Regular Education teachers:
From fiscal year 2006 to fiscal year 2009 the budget was increased by 7.4% (compare this to administrators in the same timeframe)
Lifetime Medical benefits:
In 2005 there was pubic outcry when a retiring principal received lifetime health benefits after a short tenure. Despite this fact, the superintendent and the business administrator will receive a benefit of 75% medical for themselves and their spouses after only 7 years of service and 55 years of age.
Ambiguity in the 2010 budget:
The School Committee has heavily publicized that the interim superintendent has offered to work without pay for the 2009-2010 school year, yet the 2010 budget lists $32,600 as the superintendent's salary.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education budget comparisons:
The percent of budget for every district is posted on the DESE website. According to this data, in 2008 King Philip allocated 39% of the budget for teacher salaries, while the average for regional school districts was 48%. The KPRSC 2010 budget only allocated 32% of the budget to teacher salaries.
Over the past three years the KPRSD has paid stipends for miscellaneous jobs that previously were assigned to administrators, and currently have been returned to administrators, to the tune of over $55,000. These jobs were not budgeted items, and included activities such as monitoring the high school parking lot and calling substitute teachers.