District News & Announcements
The Glastonbury Town Council has extended their Budget Public Hearing and will meet again on next Tuesday, March 28 at 7 pm. At this meeting they will vote on the final education budget expense for next school year. The Town Council is currently considering reducing the Board of Education's approved budget by $3 million in response to Governor Malloy's proposed reduction in the Town's Education Cost Sharing grant. Our Board of Education Chair, Susan Karp, has requested the Town Council implement a mechanism to restore funding to the Board of Education budget if the state legislature votes a final state budget that does not cut our Education Cost Sharing so drastically. To view budget documents, learn about the school budget process, and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.
The Board of Education Chairman and the Superintendent of Schools will be holding a series of information nights to discuss elementary redistricting plans. Please click below to for the Redistricting Information Night schedule.
Congratulations to Glastonbury parent Mr. Tony Dudus who attended the district's recent Literacies Showcase and won two free airline tickets donated by Aer Lingus. The event, which was sponsored by the Foreign Language/ELL Department was a terrific success and we thank all the community members who joined us!
Summer Camps website. Program brochures are also available at the Glastonbury Public Schools Central Operations office, 628 Hebron Avenue, building two.
Students, families, and the entire Glastonbury community is invited to the Foreign Language Literacies Showcase scheduled for March 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Smith Middle School. This is a fun evening that will showcase the ways students develop 21st century skills in making cross-cultural connections and building global communities. Projects and activities from grades one to twelve will be on display. Free and open to the public. We hope you will join us! For more information, please call 860-652-7954.
The Board of Finance has recommended a $3 million reduction to the Board of Education budget for next year. This large reduction is in response to the Governor’s proposed state budget which greatly diminished our Town’s Education Cost Sharing grant (a decrease of $6.5 million) and shifted a portion of the cost of teacher retirement pensions from the state budget to town budgets (in our case, an additional $5.1 million for our taxpayers to fund). If passed as presented by Governor Malloy, these two measures could have a powerfully negative impact on both the tax burden for Glastonbury citizens and the level of services provided. However, due to the number of towns that would be adversely affected by these proposals, we do not expect them to pass the state legislature. At this time our plan is to be patient and to communicate and collaborate with our town leaders and our community members to ensure that in June we have an education budget that supports Glastonbury students. We will remain reasonable, realistic, and resolute as we monitor the state’s budget process, push for changes, and explore all options to protect our town’s educational system. To view budget documents, learn about the school budget process, and confirm upcoming budget meetings, please visit the BOE Budget page of our website.
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