Schools budget blessed by Selectmen, goes to finance for review

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MADISON, CT — Approved by the Board of Selectmen, Madison Public Schools’ $60 million budget now heads to the Board of Finance and then to a citywide budget referendum on May 17.

The summary of the schools’ $60,255,417 spending plan:

Key Operating Budget Guidelines

• Respond and prioritize anticipated educational needs of the COVID pandemic.
• Review line items and reallocate funds, based on historical spending, to fund priority needs.
• Include known project costs and anticipated contract settlements associated with employee contracts.
• Align staffing profiles based on enrollment projections, class size policy, state mandates and
program needs.
• Align basic per-pupil allocation funding levels for students with projected K-12 enrolment.
• Where possible, pre-purchase electricity and diesel fuel, while estimating prices based on natural gas
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• Realize efficiency gains in the following areas: energy conservation, preventive maintenance of installations,
collaborative staffing agreements with the City of Madison, participate in purchasing consortia.
• Prepare for new state guidelines and laws
• Support and prepare district reconfiguration to K-5/PreK-5
• Include health insurance funding projections

Funded efforts

Academics – Mathematics coach for students in grades 7-9
Increased support for English learners
Advanced Placement Student Support Program (to be supported over a two-year pilot period)
Technology/Safety and Security – Pursue the Promethean Board project and other technology upgrades
Continue school safety measures
Maintenance – Increase annual maintenance funding by $30,000
Continue to meet planned and cyclical maintenance needs

Budget challenges/reductions

• 2 paraprofessional FTEs Reduction due to the elimination of basic posts and the reduction of an additional post
5 paraprofessionals on special assignment – ​​($118,192)
• Reduced Early Retirement Program – ($169,474)
• Increased health insurance costs due to increased claims – $207,782
• Decrease in debt service – ($451,649)

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