School budget blessed by selectmen goes to finance for review

MADISON, CT – The $60 million Madison Public Schools budget approved by the Board of Selectmen now goes to the Board of Finance and then to a citywide budget referendum on May 17.

Schools’ $60,255,417 spending plan summary:

Important operating budget guidelines

• Respond to and prioritize anticipated educational needs due to the COVID pandemic.
• Review line items and reallocate funds based on spending history to meet priority needs.
• Consider known costs and projected contractual billing associated with employee contracts.
• Align staff profiles with enrollment projections, class size guidelines, government mandates, and
programmatic needs.
• Align base allocation funding levels per student for students based on projected Pre-K – 12 enrollments.
• If possible, buy electricity and diesel fuel in advance while estimating the price based on natural gas
• Realize increases in efficiency in the following areas: energy saving, preventive plant maintenance,
cooperative staffing agreements with the City of Madison, participation in purchasing syndicates.
• Prepare for new government policies and laws
• Support and prepare for the reconfiguration of the district to K-5/PreK-5
• Include health insurance funding forecasts

efforts funded

Academics – Math Tutor for Grades 7-9
Increased support for English learners
Advanced Placement Student Support Program (supported over a two-year pilot period)
Technology/Safety & Security – Continuation of the Promethean Board project and other technology upgrades
Continue school safety measures
Maintenance – Increase annual maintenance funding by $30,000
Continue to respond to scheduled and scheduled maintenance requests

Budget challenges/cuts

• 2 paraprofessional FTE reductions due to the elimination of elementary positions and the reduction of an additional one
5 Paraprofessionals with Special Assignments – ($118,192)
• Reduction of Early Retirement Program – ($169,474)
• Increase in health insurance costs due to an increase in claims experience – $207,782
• Decline in Debt Service – ($451,649)

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