Canton Schools Superintendent Kevin D. Case has proposed a 2016-2017 budget of $25,422,314, a $520,518, or 2.09 percent increase over approved 2015-2016 spending levels.
In presenting the budget to the Board of Education Thursday night Case said the district prepared the budget realizing that there are many needs in town that could affect taxpayers.
“This has been one of the most challenging budgets I’ve ever had to put together,” Case said.
With that in mind, Case said, the idea was to come in with the lowest budget possible while continuing to “move the district forward.”
However, contractual, transportation and special education increases alone would account for $1,182,447, or a 4.7 increase in the budget, Case said.
Case said in order to keep increases low, the district is proposing some savings – such as the need for one fewer elementary teaching position – as well as funding additional items through the Open Choice Grant, the funds the school receives for participating in the state’s school integration initiative.
The budget includes some proposed new positions such as .5 FTE (full time equivalent) social worker ($28,000), a .2 FTE World Language Teacher ($6,000), a full-time District Technician ($40,000) and a .25 FTE CIS Library/Media Specialist ($22,000).
The budget also includes $350,500 in proposed capital projects, including ADA compliance work at CIS and CMS/CHS and restroom renovations, carpet replacement and gym wall repair at Cherry Brook Primary School.
The budget is based on a schools population expected to be 1,634, Case said. As of Feb. 1, there were 1,631 in the district, he added.
More details on the budget can be found at http://www.cantonschools.org
On the town side, Canton Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner has proposed a $10,367,268 budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. The number, if adopted, represents an increase of 3.85 percent or $384,453 over the current approved budget of $9,982,815.
Some of the issues affecting the town are ongoing infrastructure needs, upgrading to a paramedic level or Emergency Medical Service, the proposed purchase of a new ambulance and adopting online services in both the Tax Office and Land Use Department.
The board of selectmen have begun perusing that budget and will continue the discussion on Feb. 24.
See more on Skinner’s proposed budget at http://www.townofcantonct.org/filestorage/19188/19198/FY_2016-2017_Chief_Administrative_Officer’s_Preliminary_Draft_Budget.pdf
Future budget dates include (Most meetings take place in community center, check town web site or Canton Compass for times as the dates get closer):
- Feb. 23 – Board of Education budget Informational sessions
- 10 a.m. – Canton Community Center, Room E
- 2 p.m. – Cherry Brook Primary School
- 7 p.m. Board of Education meeting, Canton Community Center, Room B
- Feb 24 – The BOS will consider the proposed budget and make any modifications
- March 8 – Board of Education adopts budget
- March 9 – The Board of Selectmen will vote to adopt a budget
- March 14 – Budget submitted to Board of Finance
- March 15 – The BOS will present its budget to the Board of Finance
- March 16 – Board of Education Budget present to the Board of Finance
- March 28 – Board of Finance Budget Hearing
- April 6 – Board of Finance Budget Workshop
- May 9 – Annual Budget meeting (budget could be adopted that night – or would move referendum if petitioned by 150 people or fewer than 150 people are present)