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School Board To Look at Proposed 4.39% Increase

The Wilton Board of Education is hosting its third budget workshop this evening before they vote on a budget Feb. 7.

 

This Wilton Board of Education is holding a special budget workshop this evening to talk about the 4.39 percent budget increase proposed last week by Dr. Gary Richards, superintendent of schools.

As it stands now, the budget proposed for the 2013-2014 school year is $77,300,433, an increase of $3,249,221 from the current operating budget.

According to figures provided by Richards, employees' salaries and benefits make up approximately 80 percent of the budget. A full breakdown of the proposed expenditures is available in a .pdf attached to this article. 

The workshop is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the professional library at Wilton High School. The Board of Education is then scheduled to vote on the budget at its Feb. 7 regular meeting. 

jacquelyn bayne February 06, 2013 at 05:58 PM
WT-- I have a question for you since you have 0% pay increase and now state you pay more for your medical insurance... (btw, so do we as tax payers as the cost has gone up) How is your pension compared to the market? How is your job security compared to the market? How is your vacation and work/life balance compared to the market? How is your commute? What % of your health care do you have to pay... you pay more this year but how is it compared to market? When you do get an increase for your work--is it merit based or simply for time served regardless of how you perform compared to your peers? I am guessing overall you are treated well--and that’s why we have great people fill these rolls in Wilton. But when times are tough (and even when they are not) and we ask for efficiencies to be looked at please do with the same enthusiasm that you would for your own household. We are not cheap, we just want to assure we are operating at our maximum potential and within the means or our collective community.
WT February 06, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Jacquelyn - I consider myself very lucky to be working in such a great town with great colleagues and leaders. I know that every job/career has it's own set of pro's and con's and do not regret my choices. I have said nothing about not wanting to look for efficiencies. I have only asked that people support their positions and claims with facts. I would hope that everyone involved in the running of the town would join us in wanting to make sure we are operating at our maximum potential. If you look at all of my posts, you will see that I have often stated that times are difficult and I have encouraged people to use their energies and talents to help solve the problems we all are facing. We are on the same page.
WT February 06, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Jacquelyn- I was not involved in the negotiations of the contract that led to those scales, so I cannot comment on how they were arrived at. In retrospect, they do appear to have been out of line for the economic climate they were in effect for. As a parent and homeowner facing the same issues as you, I fully agree with you and your concerns. I hope I haven't said anything that would lead you to believe that I don't. Years ago when teacher contracts were negotiated, it was agreed that the salary portion of the contract would be established for only the first two years. During the second year of the contract, he salary portion of the contract for the third year was reopened for negotiations. This was done, I as I was told, to protect all parties in the event of dramatic changes in the economy during the first two years of the contract. I do not know why this was dropped. It certainly sounds like it could have been useful last time out.
jacquelyn bayne February 06, 2013 at 10:46 PM
WT--I am updating my response--I want to add that I know you are lucky to work in Wilton, and I suspect that we are lucky to have you work for us. I want to thank you for engaging in open dialog to address the concerns of mine and others. Only through open minds and dialog can we grow and prosper in such a way that benefits us all. I don't expect all my personal needs to be met as we are competing for limited resources, but I expect to be heard and I am so greatful that some like you are willing to hear us. Keep an open mind and ear and I for one will do the same. This site can get pretty rough--someone once stated you have to expect to get a little dirty playing on the patch. The important thing to remember is not ot take things personally and to keep talking. Thanks agian for keeping the dialog rolling and clean.
Teacher February 07, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Wilton teachers who run summer programs actually do pay building fees. I know as I am one of those teachers.

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