Public Education Department
The mission of the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools is to guide each and every student to thrive in a
Public Education Department - Organizational Chart
The Oak Bluffs School Committee consists of three (3) members elected by the voters of the Town of Oak Bluffs. The school serves children in grades K through grade 08. As of October 1, 2017, 420 students attend Oak Buffs Public School. Under the direction of the School Committee, and in consultation with the Town Administrator, the School Department prepares and presents detailed budget requests. This budget is presented and voted by Town Meeting as one “bottom line” appropriation in accordance with M.G.L. In FY2019, the Town Manager’s recommended budget for Oak Bluffs Public School is an increase of $289,194 or 4% from $7,772,626 to $8,061,820.
For detailed information regarding the Town of Oak Bluffs Public School budget, please contact the
school office directly.
The MVRHS is a relatively small regional high school located in Oak Bluffs. It provides all educational and social services for students in grades 9-12. This includes full vocational programs, special education collaborative, mentorships, human services, and a complete range of college preparation courses, including Advanced Placement. Under the direction of the 9 member regional school committee, the Superintendent prepares a detailed budget for the operation of the District. Once approved by the School Committee, budget costs are apportioned to each member Town in accordance with the terms of a Regional School District Agreement and M.G.L. (namely Chapter 70) which derives a Minimum Contribution and Required Net School Spending Requirement following a formula taking into account enrollments, relative wealth, property values, educational program costs, and other factors. This assessment is voted/authorized by Town Meeting on a “bottom –line” basis. For detailed information regarding the Martha’s VineyardRegional High School budget, please contact the Superintendent’s office directly.
Data related to calculating the MVRHS assessment for the proposed budget and the prior two years are as follows:
|FY2019 Budget||Total District||Oak Bluffs|
Goals & Objectives
- Continue to develop and implement a multi-year strategy for technology integration to enhance teaching and learning and provide for advanced planning and budgeting.
- Continue to evaluate all opportunities within the budget to reduce reliance on the Annual Town Meeting Article with regard to Special Education expenses.
- Sustain sufficient funding to support educational initiatives and community engagement while maintaining competitive salaries and employee benefits to recruit and retain talented and experienced staff at all levels.
- Regional High School facility upgrades and repairs
- Regional High School fully funding of OPEB ARC beginning in FY19
- Culmination of 4 year developmental guidance program helped 177 graduates develop transitional plans for post-secondary education. Resulting in 65% of students attending a 4 year college, 15% attending 2 year college, technical, or prep school.
- Continued program and course development in Art, Design, & Technology; career & technical education; English; ESL; History; Math; Physical Education; Science; and Language departments.
- Implemented changes to SPED program; reintroduced Life Skills and Therapeutic programs as the Navigational & the Compass programs, respectively, and introduced the Voyager program.
- Continue focus on STEAM curriculum in K-8 with implementation of interdisciplinary programs.
- Implemented professional development focus for literary teachers to support early elementary
- Use of personalized platform I-Ready focusing on Common Core students for the math
- Budgetary assessments, by Town, charge annually based upon demographic and enrollment data changes which affects the Chapter 70 funding formula.
- For FY2019, the district increased its funding of its Other Post Employment Benefit liability by about $350,000, to meet its Annual Required Contribution.
- Operational and maintenance program budget increased approximately $187,000 or about 10.57%
- Additional increases above 2.5% are primarily related to contractually agreed upon wage increases and employee benefits increases in excess of 2.5%.
- To the extent possible, increases in budget line items are offset by budget reductions. Significant reductions projected for FY19 include a decrease of about $198,000 for residential care tuitions.