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Budget Development

The Board of Education begins budget planning approximately 18 months before it takes effect, publicly discussing needs and priorities. In the Spring each year, the Board reviews and approves Budget Procedures which provides long-range planning guidelines, budget limitations, budget assumptions and budget priorities needed for budget development.

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 Capital Budget then moves through the First Selectman's Capital Improvements Project Committee (CIP) and is updated before it moves to the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET).  The Board of Education formally presents its approved budget (including the CIP adjusted capital 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.

Budget Calendar

2019-2020 Budget Development Schedule

The Budget Development Schedule provides dates, times, and locations of important presentations, public hearing opportunities, and the decision time frame.

 

DATE TIME LOCATION MEETING DESCRIPTION
11/8/18 7:00 PM Cos Cob School BOE Budget Meeting Superintendent's Presentation of Proposed Budget
11/14/18 7:00 PM Greenwich High School BOE Business Meeting Public Hearing
12/6/18 7:00 PM Cos Cob School BOE Budget Meeting Public Hearing, Proposed Capital Plan presented, Q&A
12/20/18 7:00 PM North Mianus School BOE Business Meeting Final Public Hearing and BOE Action on Operating, Capital & Food Services Budgets
12/31/18 N/A N/A N/A BOE Budget Due to Town Finance Department
1/29/19 6:00 PM Town Hall Meeting Room BET Budget Committee First Selectman's Presentation of Budget for Town Departments (other than BOE)
1/29/19 6:30 PM Town Hall Meeting Room BET Budget Committee BOE Presentation to BET Budget Committee on Budget
1/29/19 7:00 PM Town Hall Meeting Room BET Budget Committee Public Hearing on Budget
1/30/19 9:00 AM Town Hall Meeting Room BET Budget Committee BET Operating and Capital Budget Reviews w/BOE
2/21/19 9:00 AM Town Hall Meeting Room BET Budget Committee BET Budget Committee's Consolidation Day
2/23/19 9:00 AM Town Hall Cone Room BET Budget Committee Decision Day One
2/26/19 9:00 AM Town Hall Meeting Room BET Budget Committee Decision Day Two - IF NEEDED
3/22/19 7:00 PM Town Hall Meeting Room BET Meeting Public Hearing on Budget
3/26/19 5:00 PM Town Hall Meeting
Room
BET Meeting BET Action on Budget
TBD TBD TBD RTM Education Committee BOE Presents Budget to RTM Education Committee
May 2019 Various Town Hall Various Rooms RTM Committee Meetings RTM Committees Review Budget
May 2019 Various Various RTM District Meetings RTM Districts Review Budget
May 2019 7:00 PM Central Middle School RTM Meeting RTM Action on Budget

 

Items in italics are yet to be determined (TBD).
BOE = Board of Education BET = Board of Estimate & Taxation RTM = Representative Town Meeting

Budget Documents

2019-2020 Budget

Not Yet Available

2018-2019 Budget

2017-2018 Budget

2017-2018 Budget Development Documents

2/27/17 RTM Education Committee Meeting
2017-2018 Board of Education Budget Presentation

1/30/17 Board of Education (BOE) Presentation to Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET)
BOE 2017-2018 Budget - Powerpoint Presentation
BOE 2017-2018 Budget - Executive Summary
BOE 2017-2018 Budget - Budget Book (10.3 MB, 362 pages - REVISED 2/22/17)

12/8/16 Board of Education Budget Meeting
2017-2018 Budget Q&A Round II (Addendum)

11/21/16 Board of Education Budget Meeting
2017-2018 Budget Q&A Round I

11/7/16 Superintendent Presents Proposed 2017-2018 Budget to Board of Education
Superintendent's 2017-2018 Proposed Budget Message -An Executive Summary - REVISED 11/21/16
Superintendent's 2017-2018 Proposed Budget PowerPoint Presentation
Superintendent's 2017-2018 Proposed Budget Book (7.6 MB, 360 pages - REVISED 11/21/16)

2016-2017 Budget

2016-2017 Budget Development Documents

 

3/7/16 RTM Education Committee Meeting
2016-2017 Board of Education Budget Presentation

2/1/16 BET Budget Committee Meeting - BOE Presentation of 2016-2017 Budget
Board of Education Proposed 2016-2017 Budget Book

12/10/15 Board of Education Budget Meeting
2016-2017 Budget Q&A Round II

11/23/15 Board of Education Budget Meeting
2016-2017 Budget Q&A Round I

11/10/15 Superintendent Presents Proposed 2016-2017 Budget to Board of Education
Superintendent's 2016-2017 Proposed Budget Message -An Executive Summary
Superintendent's 2016-2017 Proposed Budget PowerPoint Presentation
Superintendent's 2016-2017 Proposed Budget Book (3.7 MB, 339 pages)

Appendix A - Program By Location Budgets
Appendix B - Location By Program Budgets

2015-2016 Budget

2015-2016 Budget Development Documents

4/6/15 RTM Education Committee Meeting - Presentation of BOE Budget
BOE Budget Presentation Powerpoint

2/2/15 (Rescheduled to 2/3/15) BET Budget Committee Meeting - BOE Presentation of 2015-2016 Budget
Board of Education's Proposed 2015-2016 Budget Book
Board of Education's Proposed 2015-2016 Budget - Executive Summary
Board of Education's Proposed 2015-2016 Budget Powerpoint Presentation

12/18/14 Board of Education Meeting
Action on 2015-2016 Budget

12/11/14 Board of Education Budget Meeting
2015-2016 Budget Q&A Round II

11/24/14 Board of Education Budget Meeting
2015-2016 Budget Q&A Round I

11/6/14 Superintendent Presents Proposed 2015-2016 Budget to Board of Education
Superintendent's 2015-2016 Proposed Budget Message -An Executive Summary
Superintendent's 2015-2016 Proposed Budget Powerpoint Presentation
Superintendent's 2015-2016 Proposed Budget Book (4 MB, 317 pages)

Appendix A - Program By Location Budgets
Appendix B - Location By Program Budgets

2014-2015 Budget

2014-2015 Budget Development Documents

2/3/14 Board of Education's Proposed 2014-2015 Budget to Board of Estimate & Taxation (BET)
Board of Education's Proposed 2014-2015 Budget
Board of Education's Proposed 2014-2015 Budget Presentation to BET (PPT)

12/12/13 Board of Educaton Budget Meeting
2014-2015 Budget Q&A Round II (posted 12/12/13)

11/26/13 Board of Education Budget Meeting
2014-2015 Budget Q&A Round I (posted 11/22/13)

11/7/13 Superintendent Presents Proposed 2014-2015 Budget to Board of Education
Superintendent's 2014-2015 Proposed Budget Message
Superintendent's 2014-2015 Proposed Budget Powerpoint Presentation
Superintendent's 2014-2015 Proposed Budget Book (8MB)

Appendix A - Program By Location Budgets
Appendix B - Location By Programs Budgets