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BOE Passes Budget, Revises Calendar

School budget passes with a 3.18 percent increase; school calendar reduced to 180 days.

Before confirming that the job for Stratford superintendent would indeed be offered to Newtown Supt. Janet Robinson, the Stratford Board of Education Monday passed a budget and adopted a 180-day school year.

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-14 (which starts July 1, 2013) comes in a shade over $96.9 million, and represents a 3.18 percent increase over the current school budget

Michael Feeney, the school board's chief operating officer, said the proposed budget reflects more than a million dollars in health insurance savings.

Feeney said the 3.18 percent increase can be largely attributed to a $900,000 increase in teachers' salaries as per a pending union contract and an additional $2.9 million to special education funding.

The Town Council will vote on the budget in May, according to BOE Chairman Gavin Forrester.

In response to school days lost during a blizzard earlier this month and Hurricane Sandy last fall, the school board Monday also voted to scrap its 182-day calendar and adopt a 180-day school year.

That makes June 25 the last day of school, said Forrester, adding that if three more school days are canceled Good Friday will become a half day.

Mary Ann Jackson February 26, 2013 at 06:18 PM
If that is the case of making GOOD FRIDAY A half a day that's bull shit. I am a CATHOLIC AND I never went to school on Good Friday nor did my older son. I'm sure there is another day they can decide on my son will not be going to school on that day.
Laura February 26, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Glad that they dropped to 180 days. How about on next years calendar they start on Monday rather than Thursday and take away Columbus Day, Election Day, Veterans Day and Martin Luther King Day. This would give them 7 extra days to use towards weather related closures. If you look at Fairfield's school calendar they go to school on Columbus Day and Veterans Day as well as some other area schools.
mec1140 February 26, 2013 at 07:33 PM
My son won't be attending school on Good Friday. There is absolutely no respect for anything anymore.
Baffled Resident February 26, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Is it disrespectful that schools are in session for the 8 days of Hanukkah?
Mike Reynolds February 26, 2013 at 08:39 PM
The only other day off between now and then end of the school year is Memorial Day.
Mike Reynolds February 26, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Maybe its a teacher contract issue?
Matt February 26, 2013 at 09:44 PM
School calendars are not a teacher's contract issue. Neither teachers nor the unions have a say in setting the calendar. Unions can only negotiate the number of days for a contracted work year, with a minimum number of instructional days set by state law at 180. They have no say in what days are non- work days. They can give opinions but the school board is the only decision maker regarding the calendar as per state law.
mec1140 February 26, 2013 at 10:20 PM
I do believe the children have Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashannah off...is Good Friday and Christmas too much too ask? It would be your prerogative to keep your child home during Hanukkah as it is mine to keep mine home in observance on Good Friday. Again, we need to respect each other.
Gavin Forrester February 27, 2013 at 01:44 PM
At this time Good Friday is still listed as a day off and is only a fall back in the event that we loose three additional weather related days. The Board made the announcement that in the event we need to make up days that Good Friday would become a half day. State law prohibits any district from holding school on Saturday or Sunday so we cannot make up any lost time on the weekends. As I announced at Monday's Board meeting the Board will be discussing the 2013-14 schedule in the coming months and I will hold a public informational and input session during either April or May to get suggestions from all concerned. Options under discussion include starting on Monday August 26th, the elimination of certain days off as those discussed on this forum, and going from 1 week off in February and April to just one week off in March after the CMT testing period.
Mike Reynolds February 27, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Love the 1 week off in March Gavin!
Walt February 27, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Does your family spend all day friday in church?
mec1140 February 27, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Good Friday is one of the most solemn observance days for Catholics and is a holy day of obligation. So in answer to your question Walt, yes we are in church.
mec1140 February 27, 2013 at 03:31 PM
One week off in March is a great idea as is starting in Aug.
Laura February 27, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Didn't they try the one week in March several years ago?
jj February 28, 2013 at 01:57 AM
none of my kids will go to school on good friday
Tom March 06, 2013 at 03:08 AM
I heard she had just left the school, driving too quickly for the roads in the neighborhood and wound up smashing into the back of some woman's van. I think the cops took care of it for her and placed the other woman at fault-- not too sure.
Dom March 06, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Was that after she called "you know who" to the scene and then told the other driver she had no service to call 911. I'd love to see an ex-parte done for that one.. LOL
Concerned Person December 25, 2013 at 07:42 AM
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