Education board approves $81-million proposed school budget

Following a poorly attended school budget presentation on Jan. 28, the Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Kevin Smith’s proposed $80,972,640 school budget for fiscal year 2016-17 during its Feb. 4 meeting.

Smith originally proposed a budget of $81,107,310, but a revised natural gas estimate from the Wilton Energy Commission reduced the proposed cost of utilities by $134,670.

The budget, which reflects a 1.27% increase over the current budget, allocates:

  • Salaries: 60.3%.

  • Employee benefits: 16.9%.

  • Contracted services, outplacements, supplies and equipment: 14.2%.

  • Transportation: 4.8%.

  • Buildings, operations and facilities: 2.8%.

  • Substitutes: 1%.

It also reflects a decrease of 6.65 FTE (full-time equivalent) staff, which would save the district an estimated $476,477, and 25% of the budget is contained in special services.

Board member Glenn Hemmerle said a 1.27% budget increase is "pretty remarkable."

Hemmerle said he believes the 1.27% increase will gain the community's support, which, he said, is one of the board's objectives.

“I don’t think we can do anything but support this budget wholeheartedly," he said.

Click here to view the superintendent’s proposed budget presentation.