The Griswold Public Schools 2017-2018 Budget Development, Process & Timeline
Dear Members of the Griswold Community:
Griswold Public Schools are driven by a mission grounded in educational excellence. Our district vision emphasizes that all students will graduate college and/or career ready for their future.
Developing an education budget at this point and time is more than just a challenge; it’s a perplexing balancing act. On the one hand, the Board of Education and I are obligated by law to create a budget that meets the needs of our children. On the other hand, as faithful stewards of the taxpayers we are keenly aware that the economy and the state budget crisis present unprecedented challenges and uncertainties. It goes without saying that operational costs such as fuel and health insurance constitute additional challenges that overshadow attempts to achieve cost efficiencies.
Our primary focus is student achievement. We must offer our students and their families a competitive academic program at all levels while also addressing extracurricular interests and social and emotional needs. To that end, our school district needs to be competitive in the region as school choice forces us to up our game. We know that our students have options, and in many cases we are bound to pay tuition to out-of-district schools. We also know that our high school is a tuition magnet, drawing students from Lisbon, Voluntown, Sprague, and Canterbury. As Griswold High School prepares for its NEASC reaccreditation in 2020, we must design budgets that sustain program strengths and expand opportunities for students and families.
It is important to note that unlike other school districts, Griswold’s educational campus also functions as a community center. We are proud that our facilities and grounds are used year round by various residents and community organizations, and we are honored to employ approximately 140 Griswold taxpayers.
The Board of Education and I maintain a deep awareness of and gratitude for the community support of Griswold Public Schools. The Board of Education and I are sincerely committed to maximizing and safeguarding resources to provide an excellent education, ensuring that the community investments pave a bright future for all of our children.
Sean P. McKenna
Note: This site will be updated regularly throughout the budget season
|October, 2016: || District administrators begin identifying budget requests by focusing on student needs.|
|November, 2016: ||Budget requests are submitted to the Superintendent of Schools.|
|December, 2016: ||Principals and district department heads meet with the Superintendent of Schools, the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and Business Manager to review and discuss requests.|
|January, 2017: |
Tuesday, January 17th: GPS Initial Proposed Budget Overview for school year 2017-2018.Presentation
Monday, February 6th: Board of Education meeting, public hearing.
Presentation--same as above
Monday, February 13th: Board of Education meeting, budget summary & deliberation.Budget Quick Facts
Monday, February 27th: Board of Education, deliberation & adoption
Budget Book in detail
|March, 2017 |
Monday, March 6th, 2017: The Board of Education will meet with the Board of Finance in March to present and to respond to questions on the budget.
Budget Book in detail
Monday, March 13th, 2017: Presentation by the Connecticut School Finance Project
Presentation by the Connecticut School Finance Project
|April, 2017||Tuesday, April 4th, 7pm at GMS cafeteria- Public Hearing on the budget. The Board of Education and the Board of Finance present approved budget to the public and answer any questions.|
|May, 2017: ||Date TBD- Annual Town Meeting on the budget. The budget goes to town wide referendum following the Town Meeting. Following the adoption of the budget, the Board of Finance sets the mill rate.|
*After the Board of Education reviews, approves & adopts the 2017-2018 school budget, there may be additional public events (PTO meetings, etc.) where the BOE adopted budget is presented and reviewed. We will update this page with presentations on the BOE approved and adopted budget.