School board mulls budget request

Published on Monday, 11 June 2018 21:59
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - After action was taken on the city budget over the weekend, School Superintendent Nancy Sarra and school district Chief Financial Officer Kevin Kane presented their budget request for 2018-19 to the Board of Education Monday.

The board had not voted on the budget by press time.

On Saturday, the Common Council passed an amended version of Mayor Erin Stewart’s $237.7 million budget proposal. In the amended budget, the Board of Education receives an additional $429,171.

While Stewart has until June 19 to veto parts of the amended budget, Sarra and Kane used the amended budget to make their $126.1 million request. Almost $89 million of the request is for personnal and the other $37 million is for non-personnel.

While the amount isn’t as much as the board has asked for in the past - Sarra has previously said an additional $2.5 million is needed to properly fund the district - the increase is an improvement from Mayor Erin Stewart’s original proposal.

On April 11, Mayor Erin Stewart presented the Common Council with a budget proposal of $237.7 million for fiscal year 2018-2019. The original proposal allots $111 million for the city side of the budget and $125.7 million to the Board of Education, the same it was given last year.

New Britain lags behind other municipalities in per-pupil expenditure, ranking 167 of 169 districts in the state. In 2016-2027, the district spent $13,361 per student. The state receives more in Education Cost Sharing grants from the state than almost any other municipality, but the city contributes significantly less than the state does to the school district.

In student achievement, the school district also ranks near the bottom of the state.

In other news Monday, the Board of Education:

nWas expected to approve a $53,000 bid waiver and purchase order for equipment for New Britain High School’s IT and manufacturing labs coming next year.

nWas expected to approve a $25,000 bid waiver and purchase order for “Stop the Bleed” trauma kits. The kits are part of the school district’s effort to take proactive measures in regards to an active shooter situation. The kits, designed to administer first aid to victims of gunshot wounds, will be available to willing and trained employees.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 11 June 2018 21:59. Updated: Monday, 11 June 2018 22:01.