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2015 - 2016 Budget Information
The 2015-2016 Suffield Public Schools' budget was developed to maintain current services and implement limited strategic improvements. The Suffield Public Schools continue to build on our strengths. The district is in the process of implementing the Strategic Goals as well as the new core academic standards that align to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Our vision and new academic standards raise expectations for students and teachers. We continue to expand standards based reporting to achieve these standards.
The initiatives in the budget include:
Leadership Structure: The 2015-2016 budget eliminates the curriculum supervisor positions. However, it maintains the equivalent amount of money in the budget to provide an interim one-year curriculum structure. This will allow the new superintendent time to develop a permanent structure.
K-5 Math Textbooks: Using Open Choice funds, the budget includes $180,000 to purchase math textbooks and resources for grades K to 5.
Technology: The 2015-2016 budget through either ACCE funding or state grant funding expands the 1:1 Chromebook initiative for students to grades 3-5. Classroom sets will provide for expanded and more authentic learning opportunities for students.
Staffing: This budget increases staffing a net of 7.1 FTEs from current staffing. This includes 8.3 new FTEs and a reduction of 1.2 FTEs. These positions include a new teaching position at SHS for new media classes, additional math support at McAlister, and additional paraprofessionals to assist SPED students. Additional positions include an Application Support Specialist to assist in implementing district applications and an additional custodian for the high school due to increased demands of new facilities.
The school district knows that the single most important factor in attaining the goal of all students becoming college and career ready, is a strong teacher in every classroom. The 2015-2016 budget reflects a focus on Improved Student Learning through:
Continuing commitment to reasonable class sizes: K-2: 19/20/19 3-5: 19/21/21
Teaching and Learning Environments: Provides technology and furniture upgrades to promote 21st century learning environments across schools. These upgrades extend greater opportunities for leveraging technology as a tool for teaching and learning.
The 2015-2016 Board of Education budget includes the resources necessary to enhance the value of the taxpayer's investment in the school system and provides a high quality, results-oriented education that ensures that all students will lead productive and rewarding lives.
2015-2016 Superintendents Operating Budget - PDF | 2015 - 2016 Board of Education Approved Budget - PDF