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.
2021-22 Budget Progress
The Legislative Council reviewed the Board's budget at a hearing on March 24, 2021. Superintendent Jody Goeler, Board of Education Chair Arturo Cabello-Perez and Chief Operating and Financial Officer Tom Ariola described the budget to the Council members and answered their questions. The Legislative Council held a public hearing on the budget on March 31.
Mayor Leng presented his budget to the public and Legislative Council on March 17. The Mayor's budget included a $1,500,000 increase for our public schools.
On March 9, 2021, the Board of Education approved a budget of $92,820,405 for the 2021-22 school year operating budget. View the 2021-22 BOE Approved Budget (Budget Book).
In multiple meetings in February 2021, the Board of Education's Finance Committee met multiple times to review and discuss the Superintendent's proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year.
On January 27, 2021, Superintendent Jody Goeler presented his 2021-22 proposed budget at a special meeting of the Hamden Board of Education. View the Superintendent's 2021-22 Proposed Budget Presentation
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.)