The second document is the Special Education Cost Fact sheet. Worth reading as it describes the formula that Hartford uses to reimburse Cheshire Special Education Costs. The formula uses the LEA (per pupil cost) calculated by Hartford. This is the annual "We spend in the bottom 15% but score in the top 15%" argument used every year. The PPC for 2010-2011 is $11,761. This number is garbage. The PPC is garbage but I will discuss PPC in a separate topic. Just know that Hartford calculates it and it's the basis of reimbursement for Cheshire.
Interesting thing here is that, in some years, BOE's have eaten Special Ed cost overruns from it's operating budget while TC's used the reimbursement to prop up the rainy day fund to the tune of $516K ($512,850 over the last 5 years):
I find it ironic that this year, the Special Ed shortfall is ~$500K which is almost the amount of 'surplus' the Town has socked away from reimbursements over the years.
I was told that by law, special education reimbursements are supposed to go to the BOE. I'm certain this will get resolved as the BOE/TC discusses the Special Ed issue soon.So. here's a situation where the BOE is helpless (it's a terrible feeling considering the wrong-doing going on at Hartford). DCF decides to outplace students at the start of the school year causing the BOE to fall short $500K in the current budget. And...Hartford is not following through on it's own Statutory Reimbursement of 100%. If it did, then this years reimbursement would be $900K. Question is: With a $3.5B shortfall and funding limits placed on Special Ed by the State Legislature...$900k will not happen.
Then, there's the situation whereby TC's have taken reimbursements from Hartford to prop up "Surplus" but don't use it cover the special education shortfalls in BOE Special Ed accounts. This is not necessarily a malicious thing but I think it goes to show that there's no such thing as "free" money especially when it comes to grants.