Revealed: Feb 05, 2021 07:00 AM
The Board of Schooling unanimously permitted its 2021-22 price range at its February 2 digital assembly as $80,682,470, a 2.58 % or a $2,030,694 enhance from the present price range.
The college district’s price range will now transfer ahead within the means of being reviewed by the Board of Finance and Legislative Council earlier than going to referendum.
As beforehand reported in The Newtown Bee, the superintendent’s proposed 2021-22 $81,080,697 price range represented a 3.09 % or $2,428,921 enhance from the present spending bundle. Superintendent of Faculties Dr Lorrie Rodrigue shared an summary of the proposal on the Board of Schooling’s January 19 digital assembly.
Since then, the college board inspected the price range over the course of a number of conferences. A public listening to on the price range was held on January 28, and no members of the general public spoke at that assembly. Nevertheless, in the course of the public participation portion of the February 2 assembly, two members of the general public questioned the discontinuation of Newtown Center Faculty’s Household and Client Science class, as mentioned in latest conferences linked to a pending employees retirement and an permitted new grasp schedule for the college for the 2021-22 college 12 months.
After inspecting the price range and asking questions of directors and division heads at conferences during the last couple of weeks, Board of Schooling members had the chance to make motions to regulate the price range on February 2 earlier than it was lastly permitted.
Some price range reductions had been permitted first. These mirrored each technical changes made because the superintendent first offered her price range and new info concerning state funding from Elementary and Secondary Faculty Emergency Aid funds II (ESSER II), which will be utilized by 2023, based on Dr Rodrigue.
Board of Schooling member Rebekah Harriman-Stites later made a movement so as to add $35,000 to the proposed price range to rent consultants to help the district’s ongoing variety and fairness efforts and a deliberate instructing and practices audit.
“This could proceed the work that has been began and put us in a spot the place we’re able to plan for and start the curriculum and instructing practices fairness audit, recognizing that it’s a giant undertaking and we’ve lots of different items to place in place and work to proceed earlier than we will begin that work,” stated Harriman-Stites.
Saying the variety and fairness efforts are an “vital endeavor,” board member Debbie Leidlein stated she, too, had been able to make the movement so as to add the funds in query to the price range.
“I’m in full help of this movement,” Leidlein stated.
The board unanimously supported the movement.
Earlier than the board voted on its remaining price range, Vice Chair Dan Delia made motions in help of funding portray school rooms at Hawley Elementary Faculty, however these motions failed.
And with that, the college board voted and unanimously permitted its price range for the whole of $80,682,470, which is $398,227 lower than the superintendent’s proposed 2021-22 price range. The college district’s 2020-21 present price range is $78,651,776, or 2.58 % lower than the college board’s permitted 2021-22 price range.
Board of Schooling Chair Michelle Embree Ku, prime proper, speaks throughout her board’s February 2 digital assembly, whereas proposed changes to the 2021-22 college district spending plan are famous on the display screen.