During the Board of Education\u2019s Nov. 8 meeting, Superintendent Kevin Smith presented the Wilton Public School District\u2019s budget goals and assumptions for fiscal year 2020 (FY20). It\u2019s important that the school budget \u201clines up to\u201d the district\u2019s priorities, said Smith, adding that the following goals for FY20 do not complete the district's list of funding priorities but are at the top \u201cin terms of rank order:\u201d Provide \u201cadequate funding to maintain and improve the high-quality education\u201d by funding an alternative high school program and secondary special education coordinator, and moving the district\u2019s digital learning director, Fran Kompar, from a part-time to full-time position. Target investments, including those in staff members, in order to \u201cadvance the district\u2019s strategic objectives.\u201d Adhere to the Board of Education\u2019s guidelines for class size. Maintain investment in professional learning initiatives. Fund year two of the district\u2019s capital improvement plan. Fund year three of the district\u2019s digital learning plan. Remain within the Board of Finance\u2019s budget guidance of a 1.6% increase. A proposal for an alternative high school program will soon be \u201ccoming to the Teaching and Learning Committee and [Board of Education] for review,\u201d said Smith. When it comes to adding a second special education coordinator, Smith acknowledged the projected 32-student enrollment decrease for next year, as well as Wilton residents\u2019 concerns about taxes, but said he believes he could \u201cmake a really strong argument\u201d for adding to \u201cthe administrative pool.\u201d Smith said he plans to present \u201ca rationale\u201d in subsequent weeks about why adding a second special education coordinator is a priority. Smith is proposing moving Kompar into a full-time position because of how important digital learning is to the \u201cquality and diversity of learning experiences\u201d in the district, he said, as well as the fact that Kompar currently \u201cdoes the work of three people\u201d despite being only a part-time employee. Board of Education member Glenn Hemmerle suggested moving Kompar to full-time sooner, if possible. The board agreed to discuss the matter during its next meeting. Assumptions Smith said the school district can expect \u201ccontinuing pressure\u201d on its budget, resulting in part from \u201ca potential decline in grand list revenue as a result of the revaluation,\u201d as well as a cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction, and \u201cpotential for reassignment of a portion of the teacher pension obligation to municipalities.\u201d In addition to a projected 32-student enrollment decrease next school year, the district is expecting to see a 4.6% decrease in medical insurance costs, as well as a possible decrease in employer contributions to pensions and OPEB. The district is also looking at the following projected increases going into the FY20 budget: Teacher salaries: 3% Administrator salaries: 3.4% Secretary and paraprofessional salaries 2.3% Custodian salaries: 2% Utilities: 6% Liability insurance costs: 5% Transportation costs: 4% According to a budget goals and assumptions document prepared by Smith, total salary increases will be partially offset by an approximate staff turnover of 3%. The document also notes that the district will: Examine and implement cost efficiencies where possible. Comply with federal and state mandates. Honor collective bargaining agreements. The Board of Education will next meet Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. for an organizational and regular meeting in the Wilton High School Professional Library.