Principals’ budgets presented to the school board

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Posted: Jan 28, 2022 7:00 AM

Following the initial presentation of the Superintendent’s requested operating budget plan for 2022-2023 to the school board on January 18, board members heard from all Newtown public school principals on their individual budget requests.

The school presentations continued at a meeting on Jan. 20, with Newtown High School Principal Dr. Kimberly Longobucco offering an overview of her proposed budget.

As presented by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue, the proposed total budget for 2022-23 is $83,161,076, which represents a 4.35% increase from 2021-22.

Newtown primary school principals gave an overview of their schools’ budgets after Rodrigue’s presentation.

Hawley Elementary School Principal Christopher Moretti said that while each of the elementary schools is unique, the principals work collaboratively and appreciate that every student in Newtown has a similar experience.

Together, according to the 2022-2023 Operational Budget Plan requested by the Superintendent, the requested budget for the four elementary schools is $12,522,186, an increase of 7.4% over the current budget.

Primary schools

While the Hawley building is scheduled to be under construction for the 2022-2023 school year, students and school staff are expected to be housed at both Sandy Hook Elementary School and Reed Middle School during the project. .

Hawley’s requested budget is $2,849,204, an increase of 7.41% over the current year’s spending. Moretti said plans for next year include using assessment data to create targeted instruction and intervention for students. Hawley has 301 students this year and is expected to have 314 students enrolled next year.

At Sandy Hook Elementary School, as principal Dr. Kathy Gombos explained, some updates include support for bullying classes and professional development for educators. The school has 372 students enrolled this year and is expected to have 399 students next year. Sandy Hook’s requested budget is $3,340,243, a 6.24% increase over the current budget.

Middle Gate Elementary is expected to enroll 420 students next year, an increase of just over 30 students from this year. Middle Gate Principal Christopher Geissler explained how the entire school community works together to educate students. Middle Gate’s requested budget for 2022-23 is $3,308,025, an increase of 7.43% from this year.

Head O’ Meadow Elementary School has 313 students enrolled this year and is expected to have 317 next year. Principal Tim Napolitano explained that the teachers have done “an incredible job throughout the pandemic”. The school’s PTA also contributed to many activities, as did the Safe School Climate Committee. He said his school community looks forward to more opportunities next year and “to bring joy to the classrooms”. The budget requested by Head O’ Meadow is $3,024,227, an increase of 8.68% over this year.

Intermediate and Intermediate Schools

Reed Middle School currently has 578 students enrolled and plans to have 568 students next year. Principal Dr Matt Correia said he asked staff at his school to think about what was best for students when writing budget requests and plans for next year.

“We really strive to do our best for the kids,” Correia said.

Reed’s requested budget is $4,710,780, an increase of 3.05% over this year.

Newtown Middle School (NMS) Principal Thomas Einhorn shared insight into how the main schedule worked last year and how a student survey helped inform the school of some of the decisions of course for next year.

NMS has 582 students this year and is expected to have 600 students next year. The budget requested by the school is $5,126,588, an increase of 3.91%.

At the following BOE meeting, NHS (Newtown High School) Director Dr Kimberly Longobucco gave an overview of her school’s budget and NHS Sporting Director Matt Memoli shared an overview on his part of the budget.

“I think it’s an amazing place, and I’d like to invite you to experience some of the things we have to offer,” Longobucco said of the NHS at the start of the budget discussion.

She pointed out that the fact that all pupils are completing Capstone projects is a source of pride for the NHS this year.

The NHS currently has 1,399 students enrolled and is expected to have 1,331 next year. The requested budget is $12,468,027, an increase of 0.96%.

The Board of Education continued to inspect other areas of the requested budget at its January 20-25 meetings. A public hearing on the budget took place on 27 January.

Education journalist Eliza Hallabeck can be reached at [email protected]

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