The Stonington Board of Education approved Superintendent Van Riley’s proposed $33.9 million budget on Thursday night. The proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year represents a 2.97 percent increase over the current school years budget.
“Let’s not put undone financial burden on the people in the community with tax increases,” Riley said. “An under 3 percent increase I think is conservative and it really addresses some of our fundamental needs.”
The budget now goes to the Board of Finance. On March 6, 2013 the Board of Education will present the proposed budget to the Board of Finance. That meeting, at 7 p.m., at the Stonington Police Station, is open to the public, however public comment won’t be taken until the town public hearing on the budget on April 10.
The education budget includes $75,000 to establish all-day kindergarten. During the Board of Education budget workshops $20,000 for the purchase of Chromebooks at Pawcatuck Middle School, $6,000 for the Stonington High School Crew Team and an additional $24,833 so that the school could pay for all tenth graders to take the PSATS and for juniors and seniors to take the SATs as well as Advanced Placement testing was added to the budget.
“It’s a conservative and well thought out budget,” Board of Education member Frank Todisco said.
In other Board of Education news, the superintendent and board members discussed the revised 2013-2013-school calendar.
For those keeping count due to the two snow days from the recent blizzard the last day of school will now be Tuesday June 18, 2013. A date for the high school graduation has not yet been set. The graduation date depends in part on where the as yet undetermined graduation venue since the school field will be under construction.