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Glastonbury Superintendent Presents $95 Million School Spending Plan

Superintendent Alan B. Bookman presented the Glastonbury Board of Education with a $95 million spending plan Wednesday.

 

Superintendent Alan B. Bookman presented a $95 million spending plan to the school board during their meeting Wednesday night, a 4.33 percent increase over the current budget.

The proposed 2013 budget is the highest increase since Bookman’s proposed $91 million budget—a 4.91 percent increase—during the 2009-10 budget season.

Much of the increase—1.9 percent—includes contractual wage increases and health benefits for staff. Increases in overall health care costs account for an additional 1 percent of the increase.

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The Board of Education’s new strategic plan, which calls for a “21st century learning environment,” also accounts for a large part of the spending increase. The proposed spending plan calls for iPads for all incoming freshmen and sophomores at Glastonbury High School, an addition of $307,000 to the budget.

The budget also calls for:

  • $400,000 for school supplies
  • $200,000 for unfunded state and federal mandates
  • $194,000 to increase the scheduled replacement of school buses from four vehicles to six vehicles each year.
  • $95,000 for programming at the new Glastonbury East Hartford Elementary Magnet School’s planetarium.

The board held a budget workshop Thursday night, and will hold one more Monday before voting on the final spending plan on Jan. 9.

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Tom stepnowski January 04, 2013 at 06:31 PM
The enrollment is declining and the budget goes up. Also they shouldn't be replacing buses they shouldn't be in the transportation business. The town is one of three towns that have their own buses. the claim is that they can do it more cost effective yet they pay the drivers more and offer benefits at lower thresholds and also pay for more of the benefits. Please tell me how this is possible. A kingdom that has been built up over the years. There hasn't ever really been a true cost analysis done.
Karalee Casazza January 04, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I wish I knew where their money tree was planted...Oh right it's us!

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