At the January 24th Board meeting I presented a recommended budget to the Board of Education (2019-2020 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget Presentation)The proposed 3.43% increase focuses on maintaining all of our top quality curricular and extracurricular programs, while continuing to make progress towards the goals of our Strategic Plan.  This year we are challenged with increased enrollment and some shifting demographics.   I would ask you to carefully review the presentation which has all of the details. 

The presentation highlighted the priorities towards accomplishing our goals as a system and our continued growth in the district’s primary purpose, to improve student achievement.  Development of the 2019-2020 budget is a reflection of our commitment to that purpose, not only in terms of standardized testing results, but the skills students demonstrate on a daily basis.   Our students continue to receive a progressive education, preparing them for the 21st century global economy.  

The Board of Education wants to make sure you are informed and have a chance to be involved in the budget process. (*see meeting details below). You are welcome to attend all or any of our budget meetings.

  *Current meeting dates regarding the 2019-2020 budget:

Budget Presentation & BOE Workshops

  • January 29th  (Focus Schools/Athletics)
  • January 31st (Focus IT, Curriculum, SPED)
  • February 7th(Focus Facilities/Approval)
  • February 12th (Workshop/Approval – Alt. Date if needed)
  • February 21st Board of Selectmen/Board of Finance Presentation
  • February 6th, BMS PTO Budget Presentation, 7 PM @ BMS
  • February 12th, Rockwell PTO Budget Presentation, 6:30 PM @ Rockwell
  • February 26th, Berry PTO Budget Presentation, 6:30 PM @ Berry
  • March 21st, Johnson PTO Budget Presentation, 7 PM at Johnson

As the schedule develops we will post it on the website, in our newsletter, and on social media.  

* All Board of Education meetings/workshops are held in the Board of Education Offices, Meeting Room E, Clifford J. Hurgin Municipal Center, 1 School Street, at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise posted). 

Please Note:  Prior to the budget being set for referendum, 2019-2020 Education Budget Information can be found in the Superintendent’s Bethel Public Schools Newsletter each week and here on our website.