Wilton community invited to weigh in tonight on next year’s school budget

Tonight, Dec. 1, Wilton taxpayers will have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of school budget negotiations by attending the Community Conversation about the Education Budget from 7 to 8:30 at the Middlebrook School Media Center.

Those who attend will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with Board of Education members and administrators. They may share their ideas about current budget priorities and what they see as the proper way forward.

In May of this year, the current budget of $78.4 million was passed with a 9.6% voter turnout. The total represented a 2.97% increase over the previous year. (Combined with the $31.7 million municipal budget, the result was a 2% increase in the mill rate.)

Next year’s budget will include salary raises for teachers — nearly 6% over two years — that was agreed upon last month, as well as other main budget drivers including special education and transportation. It will also be prepared as school enrollment is on the decline.

The Board of Education has posted the Wilton Schools Visions and Goals on the district website, wilton.k12.ct.us, as well as the current budget which includes information on staffing, class sizes, the technology plan, as well as a breakdown of costs for each school and each department within the various schools.

Middlebook School is at 131 School Road. Anyone interested in attending tonight’s meeting is asked to RSVP to rollisonm@wilton.k12.ct.us.