BOE approves budget; 3 percent increase

TAYLOR MURCHISON-GALLAGHER

STAFF WRITER

At the Monday, Feb. 11, meeting of the Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Maureen Brummett updated the board regarding the fiscal year 2019-20 budget, proposing a 3 percent increase over the current year.

With the increase, the 2019-20 budget for the Plainville Schools would be $38,442,639. In a roll call vote, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the proposed budget.

Commissioners Foster White and Becky Tyrrell both voiced concern with the tightness of the budget. Tyrrell said that she doesn’t want to have to implement a budget freeze each year, and White concurred.

“I do feel that we can run our district well, and continue to keep our programs going forward at the 3 percent level,” said Brummett. She said that the 3 percent increase will allow the district to “keep our staffing, do a little bit of additional staffing at the high school, and keep all of our programs moving forward.”

The superintendent reiterated that two of the biggest drivers of this year’s budget were the health insurance increase that came from switching health insurance providers, after budget overages on the previous plan. And, the need to provide transportation to all Wheeler Elementary pre-kindergarten students, who have been attending Linden Street School during the renovation project.

Brummett said that she anticipates that the students will be back in the Wheeler building by next February.

She announced that the annual Superintendent’s Showcase will be held on Monday, April 29.

“That’s another opportunity for us to not only showcase all of the wonderful programs in the district,” said Brummett, “and it will also show [the public] some of the things that we’re hoping to move toward next school year.”

Some of the programs that will be highlighted are the MakerSpace programs, and GoBabyGo! in which Middle School of Plainville students, Plainville High School students, and students from Central Connecticut State University work together to reoutfit ride-on cars, to allow differently abled students the freedom of mobility.

Brummett also said that several school bands will be performing during the showcase.

Brummett took a moment to remind those gathered that the all-day budget vote will take place on Tuesday, April 30.

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