Glastonbury Board of Education
Board Votes on Final 2022-2023 School Budget
On March 28, 2022, the Board of Education finalized the school budget for next year. The Board requested a 3.25% budget increase. The Town Council reduced this by $300,000. Budget lines were also adjusted to fund eight more high school teaching positions than previously anticipated.
The most significant reduction was to the district's health reserve balance. The fund has a healthy surplus. The reduction benefits staff members and taxpayers who share the burden of health insurance premiums.
The increase in faculty is due to several factors. First, more students will be attending GHS next year than assumed in the original budget. Second, GHS students are now required by the state to take 25 rather than 21 credits. Lastly, the new GHS block schedule provides a guaranteed lunch period so significantly more students scheduled 7.5 or 8 courses next year instead of 6 or 7, which was more common in the past.
By far, the extra courses students are enrolling in are electives, including STEAM courses such as technology, art, and computer science, as well as business and agricultural science classes. The breadth of course offerings is one of the many strengths of GHS. We are excited to provide these classes for interested and motivated students next year.
Board of Education 2022-2023 Budget Documents/Presentations
Documents will be posted here as soon as they are available.
Budget Development Process
Administrators/program managers develop staff requests
Staff requests and justifications complied by Central Operations staff
Reviewed by superintendent
Administrators/program managers budget request discussions with Superintendent
October - November
Superintendent and staff review and budget information
Central Operations prepares budget information for Superintendent's Proposed Budget document
Distribute Superintendent's Proposed Budget
Superintendent's Proposed Budget reviewed by Board of Education members
Board of Education holds public workshops
Board of Education makes recommendations on budget changes
Completion of Board of Education budget changes
Approval of Board of Education budget
Preparation of budget document for presentation to the Town
Annual Town Meeting/Presentation of Town and Education Budget
Respond to Town Council and Board of Finance questions
Town Council Meeting/Approval of Town and Education Budgets