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Board of Education Adopts Budget For Second Time

Additional money for SMART Boards, a full-time math supervisor and reading coaches were keep in next year's budget after the school system saved money on its insurance rates.

 

The board of education unanimously approved a motion to adopt the more than $30 million budget for 2012-2013 fiscal year at a special meeting Tuesday night.

On May 21, the town council adopted a with a board of education budget of $30,193,935. The board's budget is virtually the by in the middle of January.

The council cannot make any line items changes to the Board of Education budget and can only set the amount.

The school system was able to save approximately $120,000 after its insurance provider reduced its rates, according to Interim Superintendent of Schools Mark Winzler. The reduction will allow the following items to stay in the budget:

  • Additional funding for SMART Boards to likely be placed in second-grade classrooms
  • Full-time math supervisor in charge of developing curriculum
  • A third-grade teacher at , who was originally eliminated in Villar's proposed budget.
  • reading coaches who would collaborate with teachers on lesson plans and instruction while offering them guidance and observing them in the classroom.

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With the money saved, the board was also able to keep library paraprofessional position at the , Winzler said. Due to the increased number of students enrolled in Spanish, the high school will also be able to offer one more class with the money saved, he added.

Rocky Hill Public Schools are responsible for paying the sick time owed to retired employees over a three year period. Winzler said the school system will pay a higher percent due to the retirees in this year's budget than in next year's. 

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Disillusioned June 07, 2012 at 01:21 PM
So Mayor LaRosa was right! Every year the Board of Education bloats their budget, complains when it's reduced by the Town Council and winds up getting some of it back. Then they amazingly find a hundred thousand or more that they "didn't know" they had! It happens EVERY year! Disgusting and disingenuous if you ask me.
Harry June 08, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Yup, Corruption at it's finest, and now they have 45 MILLION to play with. Maybe good ole Rocky Hill High will have a golden foot bath and a golden calf...
RH Schools are failing June 12, 2012 at 02:31 AM
full time reading coaches??? Seriously, even with Villar gone they are making this just like Meriden. Maybe get a Reading Head who knows HOW to improve and not just spend money to add people like Meriden.

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