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.)
Last Year's Budget- 2019-2020
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.
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