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2016-2017 Budget Information

At the December 15, 2016 BOE meeting I presented an overview of the proposed Superintendent’s Budget for the FY 2016-17. The proposed budget represents the work of the Leadership Team who started at zero and justified their proposed school or department budget based on priority needs and our district priorities.

The proposed 2016-17 operating budget builds upon this year’s foundation of motivated teachers and students, a newly founded Professional Development and Evaluation Committee, budding curriculum, 1:1 Chromebooks 6th through 12th grade, professional development in the areas of mental health, instructional improvement and organizational health, and Elementary Curriculum Leaders for ELA/Social Studies and Math/Science and Secondary Curriculum Leaders for ELA and Math.

The focus of next year’s budget is to increase teacher capacity to improve student learning and opportunities for student success in the future. This budget invests in the growth of teachers. Teacher growth equals student growth. The budget supports expanding job-embedded personalized training to teachers and builds on current pilots in math and new learning in reading with professional development focused on training teachers and increasing student performance. The budget also provides the resources to increase SHS sections in media literacy and new courses in agricultural-science and sign language, and to support social-emotional wellness for students and improve school climate. This budget reflects a strong investment in training, instructional improvement and curriculum work.

An excellent school district in the 21st Century requires a strong infrastructure. The budget provides staffing and resources to maintain appropriate class sizes, comply with federal and state mandates and service demands in special education.

After receiving favorable insurance rates, the final budget proposed on March 7, 2016 is $34,491,746, which represents a 2.3% year-to-year increase. On March 7th the Board of Education unanimously approved the Superintendent’s budget and will present it to the Board of Finance on April 4, 2016. This budget builds on a solid foundation to create increased services and learning opportunities for students while developing highly effective teachers who will prepare our students for success in the world of tomorrow.

Superintendent’s Proposed Budget Presentation DEC 2015

Superintendent’s Revised Proposed Budget Presentation MAR 2016

Town Public Hearing BOE Budget Presentation

Department Budget Presentations

Budget Questions and Answers


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