Proposed Berlin school budget changes to be discussed

Published on Sunday, 9 April 2017 22:07
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss potential cuts to the Town Council-approved $43 million school board budget, which will be sent to referendum as part of the overall town budget.

“We’ve asked (School Superintendent) David (Erwin) to put together a list of potential items and will discuss them on Monday,” said BOE President Mathew Tencza on Thursday.

The meeting comes after the council reallocated $500,000 to the schools’ budget after proposing to cut $1.4 million from the school board’s $43.9 million requested status quo budget, which was a $1.9 million, or 4.7 percent, increase from last year’s budget. The term “status quo” refers to the fact that the budget request neither added nor removed anything from the current budget.

Two public hearings were held after the council made its initial cuts. Over 20 people spoke against the cuts.

The Board of Education sent out 1,550 letters to parents of all students, one per household, explaining what would change within the district as a result of a $1.4 million cut.

After the final allocation, the board will receive a $1 million, or 2.4 percent, increase, from last year if the budget goes through. The increase is more than the 1.22, 1.5 and 1.41 percent increases of the last three years, respectively, but the same reduction in dollars as last year’s.

The meeting will take place in the Board of Education conference room at 238 Kensington Road.

The Town Council will hold another public information session on April 19. The referendum is April 25.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Sunday, 9 April 2017 22:07. Updated: Sunday, 9 April 2017 22:09.