With the addition of some Columbia students next school year, Regional School District 19 could see more than $100,000 to help offset a projected $588,250 increase under Superintendent Bruce Silva’s proposed budget.
The school board is currently examining the proposal as it works to draft its own proposed spending plan for E.O. Smith High School in time for a May referendum.
Silva has proposed a $ 19.26 million budget for the 2011-12 school year, an increase of 3.2 percent over the current year’s budget. The full proposal is available on the district’s web site, www.eosmith.org.
Willington would see the largest funding increase of all three sending towns due to enrollment shifts. Its share would be $4.45 million under Silva’s proposal, an increase of $396,331, or 9.8 percent.
Willington’s enrollment figure for budget calculations is 277, an increase of 18 students, or 6.9 percent, while Ashford’s figure, 229, decreased by six students, or 2.5 percent, and Mansfield’s, 615, dropped by 16 students, or 2.5 percent.
Due to their respective enrollment decreases, Ashford’s share for next year would be $3.75 million, an increase of $5,181, or 0.1 percent, and Mansfield’s would be $9.98 million, an increase of $56,288, or 0.6 percent.
Silva said the expected addition of 10 Columbia students would also provide an additional $113,500 in revenue for next year.
The Columbia and Region 19 school boards agreed to a contract last month allowing as many as 30 freshmen to attend E.O. Smith.
The biggest expenditure increases in Silva’s budget include a hike of $133,520, or 13.1 percent, over last year for professional and technical services, such as special services from EastConn.
Silvia is also recommending an increase of $200,000, or roughly 96 percent, for tuition for Region 19 students attending school elsewhere, with the majority of the funding going toward out-placed special education students.
The school board is in the process of discussing the budget now and will continue to hold budget review meetings through the middle of next month.
According to the board’s timeline, there will be a public hearing on Silva’s proposed budget on March 22 at 7 p.m. at E.O. Smith, followed by a finance committee meeting to adopt recommended adjustments. The entire board will receive those recommendations for its April 5 meeting, and the board will continue to work on drafting its own proposal for its annual budget meeting on May 2.
The meeting would then adjourn to a referendum on May 3, with polling places in Mansfield, Ashford and Willington.