The Budget Process In Hamden
Budgets take a lot of people and a lot of time to develop and approve!
First, the budget must be developed by the Superintendent of Schools and his staff - a multi-month process that includes input from many stakeholders and analysis of data. The Superintendent then presents his/her proposal for the next year's budget to the Board of Education, usually in late January or early February in Hamden. The Board takes several weeks to go through and discuss each piece of the proposed budget carefully, and in the end, makes a final decision and approves a budget.
The Board's approved budget is then sent to the Mayor of Hamden by the middle of March. The mayor considers the BOE budget request and then proposes his own allocation for Education as part of his Town budget proposal to the Hamden Legislative Council. In multiple public meetings, the Legislative Council then discusses and approves a final budget for the Town, including an allocation for our school system.
On Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Hamden Legislative Council met to discuss and decide on funding for Hamden Public Schools for the 2020-21 school year. The Council members received and reviewed a presentation on the Board of Education's approved budget. You can view Superintendent of Schools Jody Goeler's opening remarks.
After five hours of discussion, the Legislative Council decided to allot funds far less than the Board of Education had requested, "level-funding" education (providing no additional funding over last year), and in addition, taking as town revenue $700,000 in funds from state grants designated for education. This total allocation from the Legislative Council will necessitate $2.8 million in reductions districtwide.
On March 4, 2020, the Hamden Board of Education held a Special Meeting to review and vote on the upcoming budget. After discussion and a presentation by Director of Operations and Finance Tom Ariola, the Board unanimously approved the budget for 2020-21 school year. This budget will now be sent to the Mayor's office for consideration, as he prepares his town-wide budget for the Legislative Council to consider.
On February 4, 2020, the superintendent presented his 2020-21 Proposed Budget to the Board of Education. View Superintendent Goeler's presentation.
Board of Education's Proposed Budget Book (Provided to the Mayor and Hamden Legislative Council for consideration.)
On March 28, 2019, the superintendent presented the 2019-20 BOE Approved Budget to the Legislative Council.
On Tuesday, March 12, the Board of Education approved their 2019-20 Budget. View the 2019-20 Hamden Board of Education Approved Budget.
On Thursday, February 7, Superintendent Jody Goeler presented his budget proposal for the 2019-20 school year to the Hamden Board of Education. View Superintendent Goeler's proposed 2019-20 budget.
Other documents currently available:
- Object Code Summary of the 2019-20 Superintendent's Proposed Budget
- Full Budget Book FY 2019-20 Board of Education Approved Budget
- 2019-2020 Alliance Grant Budget.
The final 2018-19 Budget was approved by the Hamden Legislative Council in late Spring, 2018. View a copy of the Approved 2018-19 Hamden Public Schools Operating Budget.
On March 8, 2018, the Hamden Board of Education (BOE) approved their 2018-19 BOE Budget. This budget was then sent to the Mayor for consideration as he developed the Town Budget. On March 15, 2018, the Mayor presented his proposed budget, which allocates $2,170,334 less for Education than the BOE's approved budget.
On March 28, 2018, Superintendent of Schools Jody Goeler presented the BOE Approved Budget to the Hamden Legislative Council, and explained the possible impact to our school system of adopting the Mayor's proposed budget for Education. View Superintendent Goeler's presentation to the Legislative Council. The detailed budget book, with object code detail, as well as a list of funded grants, are now available: 2018-19 Superintendent's Proposed Budget and Hamden Public Schools Grants Information.
After numerous public hearings and considerable discussion and deliberation, the Legislative Council decided to add $1.25 million to the mayor's proposed budget for education. Although the mayor could have vetoed this addition, he did not, so the Council's budget will go into affect on July 1, 2018. In summary, the BOE adopted budget request amounted to $88,520,000. The Council allocated $87,600,000. While the Council-approved allocation increases educational expenditures by $3,100,000 or 3.67% over 2017-18, it is $920,000 less than the Board's adopted budget. Therefore, cuts will still need to be made to meet the total funds available.
On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Hamden Board of Education (BOE) approved their 2017-18 Budget.
On March 21, 2017, Superintendent of Schools Jody Goeler presented the BOE Approved Budget to the Hamden Legislative Council, and explained the possible impact of adopting the Mayor's Proposed Budget. View Superintendent Goeler's presentation.
The Legislative Council approved a Board of Education budget of $84,500,000. View FY2017-2018 Legislative Council Adopted BOE Budget.
On February 29, 2016, the Hamden Board of Education approved the 2016-17 operating budget. The approved budget totals $85,826,552, representing a 3.26% increase over last year's approved budget.
Superintendent Goeler presented his 2016-17 proposed budget to the Board of Education on January 26, 2016. The proposed budget totals $86,093,676, representing a 3.58% increase over the previous year. Approximately 95% of the increases included in the proposed budget are non-discretionary.
In May 2016, the Hamden Legislative Council approved a Board of Education budget of $84,008,995.
The total budget for Hamden Public Schools that was approved by the Hamden Legislative Council for 2015-2016 is $83,120,625, and includes staffing, instructional programs and materials, equipment, building operations expenses (gas, electricity, maintenance/repair, water, telecommunications) transportation and other miscellaneous expenses. 2015-2016 Legislative Council Adopted BOE Budget
Additional Budget Documents
2016-2021 Capital Projects 6-Year Plan Approved by Board of Education, March 10, 2015
Questions about the Hamden Public Schools budget should be directed to Michael Belden, Director of Finance, Management and Operations.