Budget & Systems
The Board of Education begins planning the Public Schools budget approximately 18 months before it takes effect, publicly discussing needs and priorities. The Board establishes long-range planning guidelines, limitations and budget assumptions and priorities during the spring each year. During the months of July through September, school principals, coordinators, and other administrators prepare and submit their budgets. From August through October, the Superintendent and staff review the budget requests and prepare the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget for the following school year.
The Superintendent presents the proposed budget to the Board of Education in November, after which the Board reviews it in depth, revises it where necessary, and then adopts it in December. The Board presents its approved budget to the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) in early February.
The budget is then reviewed by the BET Budget Committee along with the First Selectman’s proposed budget and presents a combined recommended Town budget to the full BET in March, at which time the Town budget is adopted by the BET. The proposed Town budget then proceeds to the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) and is reviewed by the RTM’s Education, Finance, and Budget overview committees as well as the 12 Districts. The RTM adopts the budget in May each year.
Funded primarily by local property taxes, the school budget is over 35% of the total town budget. Over 80% of the Board of Education budget is allocated to instruction.