Montville – The Board of Education will meet Wednesday at 6pm at the high school library to discuss a proposed budget of $ 41.7 million for 2022-2023.
Superintendent Lori Palin presented the recommended budget to the Education and Public Council on 15 February. The proposal envisages an increase of 4.81%, or $ 1.9 million, compared to the current budget.
At a meeting on February 15, Pauline said that figure is much higher than she would like, but it is necessary to “fulfill the mission of the board of directors.” She added that in previous years there were many budget cuts, and now officials are seeing an increase in many areas.
Much of the budget request, about $ 13.4 million, is offset by government funding for education.
Expenditures on market training, which amounted to 44.5% of growth, are in the lead in terms of budget growth. Salaries also contribute to the growth of the budget, which amounted to 28.4% increase.
With regard to tuition fees, the district is required to cover the costs of regular education students who choose to study at magnetic and Vo-Ag schools under a state-funded grant. The cost is based on students enrolled in each school with 157 students this year enrolled in magnetic, Vo-Ag or other high schools. Anticipating an increase in the number of high school students attending these schools, the proposed budget for the next fiscal year requires $ 823,496.
The $ 2.4 million tuition budget also covers the cost of tuition in private schools for special education.
Pauline said coverage in the area is no longer declining and remains unchanged. According to the results of the current academic year and taking into account the changes in the district, 1942 students are enrolled.
The board is also likely to decide whether high school and Leonard J. High School should. The rear continues to use the nickname “Indians” and deprive its M and T logos of any Native American symbols. Talks in this regard have been going on for years between school and city authorities and representatives of the Mahegan tribe, Palin said in July.
The council must now decide on this issue after a budget bill passed last summer would withhold $ 1.4 million from schools to use an Indian-related name as early as next year.
The bill states that cities and towns must notify the State Administration of Politics and Administration by June 2024 of their intention to change names and mascots or obtain written permission from tribes to preserve them. Otherwise, municipalities will lose funding from the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan funds starting in June 2023.