WESTFORD –The Nashoba Valley Technical School Committee on Tuesday ran through a number of items while the fiscal 2015 budget process looms on the horizon.
According to school Superintendent Judith Klimkiewicz, work on the coming year’s budget will have its earliest manifestation at the end of the month, when teachers and administrators begin reviewing their individual spending projections.
From there, the results will be reviewed by a working group of administrators and the superintendent before bringing a draft budget to the budget subcommittee of the School Committee.
If all goes according to plan, said Klimkiewicz, a final draft of the district budget for fiscal 2015 will be submitted to the School Committee as a whole for approval by the first week in February.
Last year, the budget for fiscal 2014 came in at $11,722,242.
Although a portion of that total was covered with state education funds, the balance was paid for through assessments charged to the district’s member towns, including Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.
This year, the group will be joined by new member, Ayer.
For 2015, Klimkiewicz predicted that the bottom line would rise some but not by much with state aid money also increasing at an incremental rate due largely to the district’s increasing number of students.
“We’re growing,” said Klimkiewicz.
In an announcement to the School Committee , school Principal Denise Pigeon informed members that this year’s student population totaled 734, an increase over 2013 and a record number so far as anyone at the school can remember.
Also at the same meeting, committee members:
* Learned that students from Nashoba Tech performed well on recent MCAS tests, placing the district in the level 1 category, the highest that can be achieved. The school’s overall rating rose 4 points over the year before, with 30 of 31 students enrolled in Algebra II scoring in the advanced level. Students in general scored higher than the state average in English and mathematics skills, as did 94 percent of all the students scoring high enough on their first try to earn their diplomas. When the dust cleared, 41 students had earned the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Award, the maximum 25 percent of the graduating class allowed to do so.
* Learned that the school will hold an open house on Sunday, Nov. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. Youngsters considering attendance at the technical school are urged to go and find out more about what the district has to offer among its many tradecraft programs.
* Voted to approve revisions to the district’s program of studies for 2014-2015 that include an updated nondiscrimination policy covering “gender identity.”
* Were introduced to student of the month Dana Hopf, of Shirley, and athlete of the month Ryan Harding, also of Shirley. Hopf, a senior in the school’s banking, marketing and retailing program, is an honor student as well as president of the Student Council. Hopf hopes to move on to college after graduation and major in marketing. Harding, who attends the school’s plumbing and heating program, is a junior and member of the golf team.