Region 4 Calculates Educational Cost Sharing As Budget Season Approaches

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By Elizabeth Reinhart/Zip06.com • 11/16/2021 2:34 PM EST

With budgeting workshops in Regional School District 4 (R4) scheduled to begin next month for the 2022-23 school year, final Average Daily Enrollment (ADM) numbers were presented at a meeting of the Board of Education (BOE) 4 November.

ADM helps ensure financial accountability for Chester, Deep River and Essex for shared services and middle and high school operations. It’s based largely on current school year student enrollment data that R4 administrators submitted to the Connecticut State Department of Education on Oct. 1.

In addition to enrollment figures, the R4 finance office re-sorts data to ensure that each student is registered in their city of residence. This is particularly important when dealing with participants in the regional pre-K program which operates at Essex Primary School.

The SMA should also consider students who attend magnet schools or the Middletown Regional Center for Agricultural Science and Technology.

R4 SMA

For the 2022-2023 school year, the total number of students at John Winthrop Middle School and Valley Regional High School, or SMA of R4, was 824. This was a change compared to the number of 853 in the current school year, according to the R4 budget documents.

All three cities saw declines in total student enrollment for the 2022-23 school year.

For Chester there were 192 pupils, a decrease from the current school year’s 202 pupils. For Deep River, there were 289 students, a decrease from the current school year’s 298 students. For Essex, there were 343 pupils, a decrease from the current school year’s 353 pupils, according to the R4 budget documents.

R4 allowances

The amounts that will be allocated by each of the municipalities to cover the costs of the 2022-23 school year have changed little compared to the current year.

Chester’s ADM allocation decreased by 0.38% from 23.68% for the 2021-22 school year to 23.30% for the 2022-23 school year. Deep River’s ADM allocation increased by 0.13% from 34.94% for the 2021-22 school year to 35.07% for the 2022-23 school year. Essex’s ADM allocation increased by 0.25% from 41.38% for the 2021-22 school year to 41.63% for the 2022-23 school year.

Supervising District ADM

The ADM has also been calculated for elementary schools in Chester, Deep River and Essex, ensuring that costs are evenly distributed within the supervising district.

For Chester, the total K-6 ADMs were 219 students, an increase from the current year’s 209 students. For Deep River, the total K-6 ADMs were 216 students, a decrease from the current year’s 233 students. For Essex, the total ADM for Kindergarten to Year 6 was 280 pupils, a decrease from the current year’s 290 pupils.

Allocations to Supervisory Districts

The supervisory district funds programs and services that are shared among the three elementary school boards and the four school boards in the district. A school district’s use of a program or service also counts toward the member city’s allocation.

For the three-way ADM allocation under District Supervision, Chester School District saw an increase from 2.08% to 30.63%. The Deep River School District saw a decline of 1.62% to 30.21%. The Essex School District saw a decline of 0.46 to 39.16 percent.

For the four-way ADM allocation under District Supervision, Chester School District saw an increase from 1.05% to 14.23%. The Deep River School District saw a decline of 0.66% to 14.04%. The Essex School District saw a decline of 0.11% to 18.19%. District R4 saw a decline of 0.28% to 53.54%.

The first budget to be developed and adopted for the R4 school system is that of the District Supervision. The first budget workshop for the supervisory district is scheduled for Wednesday, December 15 at 6 p.m., according to the R4 meeting schedule posted online at www.reg4.k12.ct.us.

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