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BOE Passes Budget, Revises Calendar

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

BOE Passes Budget, Revises Calendar

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.

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