Board of Ed plans public info session on possible budget impact

The Board of Education (BOE) will hold a public information night on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shelton Intermediate School auditorium, 675 Constitution Blvd. North.

At the meeting, BOE staff and members will explain the district’s 2015-16 budget request, and discuss the likely impact if the district needs to be run at less than a maintenance or “rollover” budget. (A “rollover” budget is essentially the same budget as the current year, with adjustments for contractual raises and certain other items, with no program improvements).

“By law, our budget must balance, and given the size of the currently projected gap and the fact we’re already running a lean budget, it’s going to hurt our ability to provide kids the quality education we strive for,” said BOE Chairman Mark Holden.

BOE staff and members will take questions from the audience at the meeting.

How much of an increase?

The BOE has requested a $4.2 million increase (or 5%) in its budget, and Mayor Mark Lauretti has recommended a $1.5 million increase (or 2.2%).

School officials have said from $2.4 million to $3.25 million may be needed to meet “rollover” costs for the next fiscal year.

Click below for more information on the status of the 2015-16 school budget: