An explanation of how Barrington's per pupil expenditure (PPE) figure is calculated is among the items on the agenda for the School Committee meeting tonight, Feb. 7.
The meeting starts at 7:30 pm in the School Committee Meeting Room in Town Hall.
Barrington's per pupil expenditure was calculted at approximately $12,600 at the end of the 2011 school year -- the fifth lowest PPE in Rhode Island, according to a RI Department of Education (RIDE) listing on the school website. It is a figure that the School Committee touts with pride when presenting its annual budget requests each year.
RIDE calculates that expenditure based on a Uniform Chart of Accounts (UCOA) used by each school district, which provides an apples-to-apples comparison, said Elliott Krieger, communications officer for RIDE.
The Uniform Chart of Accounts (UCOA) was developed by RIDE in partnership with the Auditor General and all school districts in the state, according to its website. It's described as "a system of numbers and a method of accounting that provides transparency, uniformity, accountability, and comparability of financial information for all schools and districts."
Ron Tarro, Barrington's director of administration and finance, will explain what the chart of accounts involves.
Here is the complete agenda for the meeting:
BARRINGTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Government Center, 283 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806
AGENDA February 7, 2013 7:30 p.m.
A. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (approx. 7:30 – 7:32 p.m.)
B. ACHIEVEMENT RECOGNITION (approx. 7:32 – 7:37 p.m.)
C. INFORMATION AND PROPOSALS (approx. 7:37 – 8:22 p.m.)
1. Budget Workshop
D. GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION AND INFORMATION (approx. 8:22 – 8:32 p.m.)
E. OLD BUSINESS (approx. 8:32 – 8:42 p.m.)
Superintendent and Staff/School Committee
1. Discussion on Use of School Facilities Policy
F. NEW BUSINESS (approx. 8:42 – 9:17 p.m.)
Superintendent and Staff
1. Personnel Appointments
HS, Varsity Girls Lacrosse Head Coach
Requests for Leave of Absence
HS, Math Resignations
HS, Boys Assistant Volleyball Coach
HS, Junior Varsity Baseball Head Coach
Retirement MS, Math
2. Approval of Request for Home Schooling
3. Review and Approval of School Calendar 2013-2014
4. Per Pupil Expenditure Calculation and FY2012 Audit
1. Vacancy on Senior Project Committee
2. School Committee and Committee on Appropriations Joint Meeting Confirmation for March 14 and Establish Agenda Items
G. DECISION ITEMS (approx. 9:17 – 9:20 p.m.)
1. Consent Agenda
Meeting Minutes Open Meeting and Executive Session of January 14, 2013
Open Meeting and Executive Session of January 17, 2013
Open Meeting and Executive Session of January 28, 2013
DISCUSSION ITEMS (approx. 9:20 – 9:30 p.m.)
1. Discussion Future Agenda Items
2. General Discussion to Guide Future Recommendations
I. GENERAL PUBLIC DISCUSSION AND INFORMATION (approx. 9:30 – 9:40 p.m.)
EXECUTIVE SESSION (approx. 9:40 – 10:10 p.m.) Pursuant to R.I. Gen Laws Section 42-46-5(a)(1) for Personnel; Section 42-46-5(a)(2) for Collective Bargaining and Litigation with NEAB, United Steelworkers and BEST; and Section 42-46-5(a)(3) for discussion regarding school buildings security issues.
The next regular meeting of the Barrington School Committee is scheduled for Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Government Center, 283 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806.