Schools may cut it close but don’t expect to go over budget

The Ridgefield public schools have spent the bulk of their $95 million school budget for the 2018-19 school year, but say they’re still expecting to end the year without the need for a special appropriation from the Board of Finance. “Considering all known factors, we are continuing to project that the Board of Education will finish the budget year with … read more

Special education, health insurance costs higher than expected for Ridgefield schools

Ridgefield Public Schools have spent, or are obligated to spend, $92.4 million out of its $95-million 2018-19 school budget, according to the January financial report to the Board of Education. The schools are on track to spend the entire $95 million, according to the report, which is submitted monthly by Business Manager Dawn Norton. Costs for special education, legal counsel, and … read more

Charter Revision denies school surplus fund, end of selectmen budget recommendations

“In for a penny, in for a pound,” as Board of Education Chairwoman Fran Walton put it — the Charter Revision Commission unanimously voted down a request by the school board Monday, April 30 that would allow the district to hold back a little of the money left over in the school budget each year for future education costs. The … read more

Board of Finance public hearing: Budget cutters outnumber spenders

What would you do with a bag of money?

Spending skeptics outnumbered school supporters seven-to-two in public comments at Monday’s public hearing on the proposed $145.9-million 2018-19 town and school budget. “My taxes are insane — $18,000, $17,000 a year,” said Rich Fasanelli of Gay Road. “What the town is forcing me to do is move. I think that’s wrong. It’s a house I built, a house I love. … read more

Budget restraint: Selectmen give town, schools 2.5% hikes in 2018-19

Deciding a 2.5% increase should be good for the schools as well as the town, the selectmen blasted through their budget work Tuesday night, March 6, with the snow storm looming, and sent the finance board a proposal for over $144 million in town and school spending for 2018-19. The selectmen voted unanimously to approve a $38.3-million budget for town … read more

School board approves 4.23% budget increase

After listening to 19 speakers at two public hearings and receiving three different proposals from Superintendent Karen Baldwin, the Board of Education voted to approve a 4.23% budget increase for the 2018-19 school year at its meeting Monday night. The vote was 7-1 in favor of the $96.6 million budget request — a $3.92 million increase from the 2017-18 school … read more

Parents, students voice budget concerns at Saturday morning

Keep class sizes the same and don’t cut any teacher positions. That was the message more than a dozen residents delivered during Saturday’s public hearing on the proposed 2018-19 school budget. Three spoke against the school district spending more money next year. Superintendent Karen Baldwin told the crowd of about 45 people who turned out to speak Saturday morning in … read more

School board plans budget hearings for Saturday, Monday

Got an opinion on school spending? The Board of Education will host a pair of public hearings this week where residents can share thoughts on the district’s proposed budget for the 2018-19 school year The first hearing, which has been moved to the Ridgefield High School auditorium, will begin at 9:30 a.m Saturday, Feb. 24. A special meeting of the … read more

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