NORTH STONINGTON — A special town meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the elementary school multipurpose room to discuss the proposed $12.87 million education budget, which will go to a second referendum on Dec. 18. The proposed education budget, level-funded from the previous year, was voted down 294-284 last month, even as the municipal budget, representing a 6.1 percent increase, won approval.
Christine Wagner, chairwoman of the Board of Education, will present the proposed 2017-18 budget at the meeting and will compare it to budgets from previous years. “I am also including a history of where we started in this budget process and the cuts that were made along the way to get to where we are today,” she wrote in a memo Dec. 6. The proposed budget is broken down as $10,526,630 in salaries, $1,997,196 in fixed costs and $351,242 in discretionary costs.
Wagner wrote that the presented budget is the “very lowest possible operable budget for our children’s education.”
“While we would certainly be able to thrive with more, we understand the need to do with as little as possible and felt we could manage with the budgetary dollars we received last year.”
Superintendent of Schools Peter Nero has said that the school budget has been level-funded for four of the seven years of his tenure and that continuing to manage without an increase was becoming increasingly difficult. The education budget presentation is available on the town website, www.northstoningtonct.gov.