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2.5% Budget Increase Proposed for Windsor Public Schools

Windsor Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Villar presented a budget he said meets requirements of a push for continued academic progress in town.

Windsor Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Villar proposed a 2.49-percent increase in education funding Tuesday night — a proposed overall increase of $1.55 million in education spending.

Unlike the district's current budget, which was proposed be former Interim Superintendent Dr. Ernest Perlini with the intent of maintaining the current level of educational services, Villar's proposal was drafted in an effort to supply the necessary resources to aid work to improve academic performance and meet district goals.

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By comparison, Perlini's proposal for the current fiscal year called for a 1-percent overall increase.

Villar's proposal represents a total sum of $63,994,896 in education funding, of which the town would be responsible for just shy of $51 million.

Other than staff salaries and benefits, which accounds for 75 percent of the overall budget, costs associated with transporation, safety (combined to account for $3,887,900) and special education tutition ($4,132,000) are the most costly expenditures.

Special education tuition is expected to increase by 6.85 percent in fiscal year 2014 — a change of $265,000.

One of the largest savings the district was able to make, Villar said Tuesday, was in health insurance.

The district, Villar said, decided to self-insure health coverage for employees, thereby avoiding an industry-anticipated increase of 10 percent, and incurring a cost increase of just 2 percent instead.

The budget will now go to the finance committee, where each line item will be examined and suggested amendments to expenditures and cuts can be made.

The district is also making an effort to engage parents and citizens in the process of budget construction, scheduling a number of events aimed an informing residents and fielding their input.

The schedule of such events is as follows:

Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Superintendent’s Presentation of Budget to the Board of Education,
followed by a Public Forum, and a regular Board of Education meeting
In Windsor Town Hall’s Council Chambers

Tuesday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Board of Education Finance Committee review, with Audience to Visitors before and after
In L.P. Wilson Community Center’s Board Room, 601 Matianuck Ave. in Windsor

Saturday, February 2 at 10:00 a.m.
Public Forum on Proposed Budget,
followed by Board of Education Finance Committee review, with Audience to Visitors before and after
In L.P. Wilson Community Center’s Board Room, 601 Matianuck Ave. in Windsor

Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Board of Education Finance Committee review, with Audience to Visitors before and after
In L.P. Wilson Community Center’s Board Room, 601 Matianuck Ave. in Windsor

Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Board of Education Finance Committee review (if needed), with Audience to Visitors before and after
In L.P. Wilson Community Center’s Board Room, 601 Matianuck Ave. in Windsor

Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Board of Education adoption of the budget (as part of the regular Board of Education meeting)
(Note special location) In L.P. Wilson Community Center’s Board Room, 601 Matianuck Ave. in Windsor.

Michaela I. Fissel January 16, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Why would we increase the budget when the BOE just hired Dr. Marlon James to conduct Doreen Richardson's Equity and Excellence Review at just over 100,000 dollars per year, and our district received an Alliance Grant for over 300,000 per year to " aid work to improve academic performance and meet district goals." Why is the BOE and Superintendent trying to get more money out of tax payers when they have side stepped procedures, while demonstrated their unwillingness for a transparent and diplomatic processes. VOTE NO until they realize that our community will not continue to be manipulated to advance their personal agendas. It is supposed to be about the children, however over the past year the current Board of Education and Superintendent has continuously put their personal agendas before the wellbeing of all of our students. VOTE NO and take a stand against Doreen Richardson and Superintendent Villar's monopoly over the BOE and their disregard for community collaboration. Again, I cite the fact that on February 22, 2012 Mrs. Richardson testified before the Education Committee at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, and told them that Windsor would be undergoing an Equity and Excellence Review this fall. She clearly had already made up her mind, she manipulated her fellow board members, and she is continuing to advance her private consulting business in the process. VOTE NO and do not allow her to manipulate the parents and residents of our community once again.
tchjjal January 16, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I do get tired of hearing or seeing the signs at election/budget time that "It's all about the children" when in fact it is not.....
Catherine & Dennis January 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM
Agree 100%. I am still blown away by the fact that there was no direction or plan for him( or for the Town Manager) and that he wiil write his own performance review -well....we need to hire someone else to tell us is wrong with the system so I am thinking maybe he should write his own pink slip?

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