On March 28, 2016 the Board of Education voted to identify reductions from next year's 2016-2017 education budget. The majority of these reductions ($781,000) were required by the Glastonbury Town Council. An additional $186,000 was reduced in order to accommodate health insurance costs which will be more expensive than originally estimated.
Once again this year, the Board of Education worked to identify line items that, if reduced, would impact student instruction the least. The following programs were affected: elementary school staff was reduced by 3.5 teachers (including 1.5 reading teachers, 1 librarian, and 1 grade level teacher); secondary staff was reduced by .6 of a position; and the instructional materials, supplies, and post employment benefits accounts were also reduced. Lastly, the personnel turnover account was adjusted to reflect updated estimates.
As always, the Board will continue to monitor class sizes through the spring and summer and will make any necessary adjustments to accommodate enrollment. More information about the school budget can be found on the BOE Budget page.