VIDEO UPDATE: Newtown Board of Education Still Needs to Find $274 Thousand

Closing the $274 thousand gap would give Newtown a "same services" budget plus full day kindergarten.


A special meeting was called by BOE Chair Debbie Leidlein to help both the BOE members and the public understand the gap in funding between the current budget and the “same services” budget.

A handout at the meeting, prepared by Ron Bienkowski, Business Director,  identified a current gap of $518 thousand between a budget that represented “same services” but also added full day kindergarten.  In other words, the current budget for 2012-13 is short by $518 thousand in providing the same services as this fiscal year plus full day kindergarten.

Newly identified items totaling $244 thousand that were generally accepted by the BOE members are detailed below. 



$ (000)

Transportation Coordinator 


Magnet School bus Aide                                


Pre-school program bus aides  


HS Pay to Participate for athletic trips


HS textbooks - lost book fines to be used 


Transportation Bond


Sandy Hook Ass’t principal to Lead Teacher





Taking these into consideration, the Board will need to identify another $274 thousand in specific items to reduce from the proposed budget to bridge the gap to the "same services" level and keep full day kindergarten.   

Much of the evening was spent by the business director explaining the numbers and eliminating confusion on the part of the BOE members. 

Some of the discussion was centered on reduction of teachers justified by expected enrollment numbers. Kindergarten enrollment is lower than expected so it may be possible to eliminate several kindergarten teachers and associated aides .  Enrollment numbers for other grades were debated and discussed. 

 It was concluded that when the principals attend the BOE meeting next Tuesday the BOE would get their input before discussing teacher reductions any further.

In addition to possible teacher reductions, other items put on the table by the school administration include the following. Most of these have not been discussed in depth yet. 



$ (000)

Elementary after school activities 


RIS after school activities


MS after school activities and sports


Professional Development


Instructional supplies


High school misc program reductions


Director of music to classroom


SHS library clerk typist                    


RIS library clerk typist


SHS music teacher



The public was reminded that no final decisions could be made untill after the budget was approved. 

At the next regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday June 19th the budget will be on the agenda as a discussion item. 

Sam Mihailoff June 22, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Gee Bryce, now you call the man Dirt???
yoda June 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Sam,lolololololo and were back in the sandbox, you got the ball?
yoda June 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Sam, why is it at ever voting event in Newtown some people cause trouble, where are the resolution’s? He said, she said, what r we in high school?
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com June 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Sam, the teacher in you must me coming out . Lol
Dirk Pitt June 23, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Hey Sam, I guess it's better than Dick!
Idontdaresay June 23, 2012 at 05:00 AM
I have an idea...the people that think the "cuts" caused by a zero increase budget can pony up the difference, instead of robbing their neighbors. Left in my hands the budget would be cut by no less than 25% and you children will flourish with a superb public education.
Big Family June 23, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Po, I just have to say that your call for "facts" tune is a great talking point, but you are missing the FACT that we are just NOT going to continue to support a budget because you and others tell us (with YOUR facts) that our kids will be illiterate if we don't pay up. I have a real problem with the enlighten ones telling me how and how much money I have to spend of MY MONEY. I wonder if Abraham Lincoln's town budget was $106,000,000.
Dirk Pitt June 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM
If Lincoln's budget was $106M in 1850 that same amount in today's dollars would be $2.9 Billion! See...$106M isn't that bad after all.
yoda June 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM
lololo sam thats a good one!
Sam Mihailoff June 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Po, start listing
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com June 24, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Sam I believe Po is listening. We are all clear that there are two factions in Newtown. Those who want the proposed budget lowered ( or perhaps the school budget lowered) and those who may feel the cuts made to education were too big and that excess money remains in the town budget. We are going to need leadership going forward to heal our town. I think all the writers are sincere and believe in Newtown and its future, people just see the route differently. I made a pledge to tone it down, and hope you and others will join me.
Sam Mihailoff June 24, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Bryce, Po is a big girl....she does not need you as a protector or spokesman. She claimed over a "million" ways we (IPN) worked to provide facts for the public. I asked for and still await a list of such
Idontdaresay June 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Just keep saying that one too..."I voted no because I want your taxes to go up...". I know that you voted yes, than claim to vote no. Not everyone is as gullible as our underfunded kindergardeners.
Alex Tytler June 24, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Po is a closet yes voter, for sure.
yoda June 24, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Sam, Good luck my friendI You know you got her mad! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLO
Sam Mihailoff June 24, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Yogurt, got her mad??? All I did was just ask for clarrification of her own jibber-jabber
yoda June 25, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Sam, now you know, it's her way or the high way! Hold on I'll call the state police! lololololo
Alex Tytler June 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM
This will happen in CT: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304441404577482743500250790.html?mod=WSJ_article_LatestHeadlines
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com June 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Sam and yoda I have to say I enjoy your comedy act on the patch. You both have a real talent for Giving us a break from all this serious stuff, and making sure no one takes these comments too seriously. Thanks
Sam Mihailoff June 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM
no comedy act Bruce...Po NEVER answers questions or backs up what she says...I'm still waiting for the million plus facts the IPN provided....oh look, she deleted her remarks...guess she was wrong...AGAIN
sadielee June 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM
@Idontdaresay- "Not everyone is as gullible as our underfunded kindergardeners". From the looks of this sentence you could use a little bit more education yourself. Are you sure you want to cut the budget 25%? it appears you can not spell already?
sadielee June 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM
"choose a choice"? hmm
Alex Tytler June 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM
NO voters of Newtown: Tomorrow is an important day for us to get out the No vote. Make a call, send an e-mail, talk to a neighbor. Adding money back to a budget after 3 NO votes in a row is an outrage. Time to make them eat their increase and give us what we want, a budget with ZERO % increase. If we turn out, we are unbeatable. it's going to take 2,500 of us, so lets make it happen!!
Nellie Nelson June 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Get a Job !
sadielee June 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Voting yes. Hoping for FDK.
yoda June 25, 2012 at 02:07 PM
yoda June 25, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Sam, I'm still waiting for that 5%reduction in taxes??? YOU WHOOOOOOOOOOOO? It turns in to a joke, after awhile, you gotta laugh!!!
yoda June 25, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Alex, you can't make someone choose! NO ONE has that much power!
Gina Wessen August 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Would like to get your input about the tone of the "Accountability In Newtown" FB Group, and whether you think it helps or hurts the town. Please chime in at the new "Accountability in Newtown CT (Open and Uncensored)" FB Group here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/359442710803141/
Jodie September 01, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Please respond to the real Gina (Donna Boyce) at the link below: The corresponding "referring URL to Gina's Profile Picture is: https://www.facebook.com/po.murray/friends?ft_ref=mini Donna Boyce: http://www.donnaboyce.com/Why_Call_Donna/page_566782.html


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